The Revolt of the Netherlands (1555-1609)

The Revolt of the Netherlands (1555-1609)

The Revolt of the Netherlands (1555-1609)

The Revolt of the Netherlands (1555-1609)


It is gratifying that twenty-five years after its first appearing in English a third edition of The Revolt of the Netherlands should be called for.

As this is to be a photographic reproduction, there is no possibility for anything in the nature of a revision such as one might feel obliged to attempt after so great a lapse of time. Frankly speaking, I do not regret this. The main lines of the story as I traced them in the original work still seem to me entirely convincing. The book is no doubt open to criticism on several points, but the view which inspires it, and which accounts for such importance as it may have, should stand the test in the form it took when I conceived this interpretation.

The historiographical background, a background of years of controversy, I discussed in 1949 in a lecture at Princeton University (repeated in 1952 at Smith College and at Pomona College), which is now published in my volume. Debates with Historians (Wolters, Groningen; M. Nijhoff, The Hague; Batsford, London, and also Meridian Books, New York).

No systematic revision, therefore; but I must not neglect the opportunity to correct three passages.

One is that in which the coming existence of the linguistic boundary is described (p. 25/6). Much research has been done on that subject since I wrote, and although no complete consensus of opinion has been attained, it has become clear that the Frankish settlement was a longer process, also that it covered a larger area, than I suggested. A summary of recent views will be found in Ch. Verlinder, Les Origines de la frontière Linguistique et la colonisation franque, Brussels 1955, and Franz Petri Zum Stand der Diskussion über die frankische Landnahme und die Entstehung der germanisch—romanischen Sprachgrenze, Darmstadt, 1954.

Secondly, there is a slip on p. 70 (repeated in the index), where Granvelle is described as President of the Council of State. Through his relations with the Governors and with the King, he did, of course, play a most important part in that body, but Viglius acted as President.

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