The Dirty Secret of Early Modern Capitalism: The Global Reach of the Dutch Arms Trade, Warfare and Mercenaries in the Seventeenth Century, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Dirty Secret of Early Modern Capitalism

The Global Reach of the Dutch Arms Trade, Warfare and Mercenaries in the Seventeenth Century, 1st Edition

By Kees Boterbloem

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244 pages

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This book shows how the Dutch accumulation of great wealth was closely linked to their involvement in warfare. By charting Dutch activity across the globe, it explores Dutch participation in the international arms trade, and in wars both at home and abroad. In doing so, it ponders the issue of how capitalism has often historically thrived best when its practitioners are ruthless and ignore the human cost of their search for riches. This complicates the traditional Marxist understanding of capitalists as middle-class exploiters in arguing for a much greater agency among lower-class Dutch soldiers and sailors in their efforts to benefit from skills that were in high demand.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. War in the Low Countries, 1566-1713: Beginnings, Victories, Glory

2. The Early Modern Dutch and War, Part 1: Economy, Society and Culture

3. The Early Modern Dutch and War, Part 2: Morale

4. Sailors, Soldiers and Arms Abroad, Part 1: Empire

5. Sailors, Soldiers and Arms Abroad, Part 2: Beyond Europe

6. Dutch Activity in Scandinavia

7. Dutch Activity in Russia, Part 1: Trade and Technology

8. Dutch Activity in Russia, Part 2: Merchants and Mercenaries

Conclusion

Appendix: On Kondratiev Waves and Dutch Capitalism

About the Author

Kees Boterbloem is full professor in the Department of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010020
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HIS027080
HISTORY / Military / Weapons