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Frederik Hendrik and the Triumph of the Dutch Revolt Comparative Insurgencies

By Nick Ridley Copyright 2021
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Frederik Hendrik and the Triumph of the Dutch Revolt describes a crucial period in European history. During the early seventeenth century the Dutch, led by Frederik Hendrik, were engaged in a struggle for independence from the mighty Spanish Empire. But Spain was allied with its fellow Hapsburg power, the Holy Roman Empire, and Europe was convulsed with the Thirty Years’ War.

    It was a turbulent time with complex diplomacy, shifting alliances, monumental battles and more European powers entering the war. Yet thanks to Frederik Hendrik’s adroit diplomacy and military skill, combined with the tenacity of the Dutch people, the Dutch Republic emerged from the conflicts and gained full independence, eventually becoming a significant European power. After tracing these developments, the book continues by examining and comparing later nationalist insurgencies in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It analyses and identifies the factors making for successful insurgencies. The key factors of finances and international relations are emphasised.

    This volume is informative and compelling reading for both practitioners and students studying history, international relations, terrorism and insurgency.

    Introduction: Frederik Hendrik, the Dutch Revolt, and Later Insurgencies 

    Part 1: The Revolt 

    1. William of Orange Builds a Nation 

    2. Maurits of Nassau Ensures the Survival of the Revolt 

    3. The International Situation in Europe  Part 2: Frederik Hendrik 

    4. The Advent of Frederik Hendrik 

    5. Internal Strife 

    6. The Economy Expands Further 

    7. Dutch Diplomacy and War in Europe 

    8. The Road to Peace and Final Independence 

    Part 3: Later Revolts and Insurgencies 

    9. Late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Revolts and Insurgencies  

    Part 4: Frederik Hendrik 

    10. The Achievement of Frederik Hendrik





    Nick Ridley is a Visiting Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He formerly worked as an intelligence analyst at the UK Metropolitan Police and at Europol. He has taught international relations, security and anti-terrorist studies at several European universities and has lectured on anti-terrorist courses at the NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence against Terrorism.

    ‘Extremely valuable reading for all students studying terrorism, insurgency and international affairs’ - Dr. Juul Gooren, Senior Lecturer, The Hague University of Applied Social Sciences, Netherlands

    ‘Dr Nick Ridley's expertise on violent insurgency is second to none. In this his latest book he examines an aspect of the terrible upheavals in seventeenth century Europe during the Thirty Years War and compares it with later uprisings and insurgencies, particularly those which have afflicted our own generation. Comparing past and present, he skilfully elucidates the criteria for successful - or otherwise – insurgencies’ - Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, formerly Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the UK, now Adjunct Professor of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany

    ‘This is valuable reading in terms of the lessons of history for students and practitioners studying terrorism and insurgencies’ - Dr Anthony Richards, Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

    'A compelling account of a seventeenth century insurgency, with enlightening comparisons to modern insurgencies providing valuable insights into the lessons from history’ - Dr Paul Swallow, former New Scotland Yard Counter-Terrorism Senior Officer, now PhD Programme Director in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK