Juggernaut over Holland: The Dutch Foreign Minister's Personal Story of the Invasion of the Netherlands

Juggernaut over Holland: The Dutch Foreign Minister's Personal Story of the Invasion of the Netherlands

Juggernaut over Holland: The Dutch Foreign Minister's Personal Story of the Invasion of the Netherlands

Juggernaut over Holland: The Dutch Foreign Minister's Personal Story of the Invasion of the Netherlands

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Up to that fateful Friday, the tenth of May, 1940, Holland was a well-governed country; a stable country; a country of steady progress where there was an exceptionally large measure of social justice; where wealth was more evenly distributed than in most European countries; where there was neither unlimited private wealth nor dire poverty; a country which wisely governed its overseas territories and had opened up their resources to all the world, while at the same time raising and striving further to increase the moral and material well-being of its native subjects; a country whose nationals had achieved distinction in the arts and sciences and had been awarded a disproportionately large number of Nobel prizes; where education was at a very high level; a constitutional monarchy which was known within and without its borders as a democracy; a country which coveted nothing belonging to anyone else; a land of liberty, of tolerance, and of patient, unspectacular labor and achievement.

Holland is one of the older and smaller states in Europe. Its eighty-year struggle against Spain, which came to an end in 1648, brought its emancipation--the rise of the Dutch Republic, as John Lothrop Motley called it. The . . .

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