Undergraduate Course: The Dutch Miracle: The United Provinces in the Golden Age (HIST10424)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The Netherlands in the seventeenth was known as the 'Dutch Miracle': wealthy, cosmopolitan and intellectually advanced, this newly founded country instilled both wonder and envy around Europe. In this course you will study the political, cultural, social, intellectual and imperial achievements of the Dutch Golden Age, through both published primary material and some of the art and other collections in Edinburgh.
This course offers an in-depth look into the history of the United Provinces in the seventeenth century. Born from conflict over religion and sovereignty, in the late sixteenth century, the seven Dutch Provinces rose to become one of the most progressive, economically wealthy and internationally most important countries of the early modern period. Famous for its trading successes, its relative religious tolerance and its artistic and scientific supremacy, the United Provinces were often considered the 'Miracle of Europe'. This course considers the rise and fall of the 'Dutch Miracle' by looking at 4 related aspects: its political formation, its society, its international relations and its transnational connections. Students will also have the opportunity to study some of the cultural, intellectual and imperial achievements of the Dutch Golden Age through the University's collections and other collections in Edinburgh.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 historiographical essay in S1 (3,500 words) (25%)
1 virtual exhibit OR source-based essay in S2 (3,500) (35%)
1 long essay during the exam diet (5000 words) (40%)
Students may choose to do either the virtual exhibit or source-based essay in semester 2.
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate by way of coursework command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate by way of coursework an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate by way of coursework an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate by way of coursework the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|C. Berkvens-Stevelink et al. (eds), Le Magazin de l'Univers. The Dutch Republic as the Centre of the European Booktrade (Leiden etc, 1992)|
K. Chancey, 'The Amboyna Massacre in English Politics, 1624-1632', Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 583-598
K. Davids & J. Lucassen (eds), A Miracle Mirrored: The Dutch Republic in European Perspective (Cambridge, 1995)
J.F.J. Duindam, 'Early Modern Europe: beyond the strictures of modernization and national historiography', European History Quarterly 40(4), (2010), 606-623
J. I. Israel, The Dutch Republic. Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477-1806 (Oxford, 1995)
M. van Gelderen, The Political Thought of the Dutch Revolt, 1555-1590 (Cambridge, 1992)
J. Hochstrasser, 'Remapping Dutch Art in Global Perspective' in: Mary D. Sheriff (ed.), Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration (Chapel Hill, 2010)
D. Margócsy, Science, Trade, and Visual Culture In The Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2014)
J. Pollman, Catholic identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520-1635. Past and Present Book Series (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011)
B. Schmidt, Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe's Early Modern World. (Philadelphia, 2015)
M. 't Hart, The Dutch Wars of Independence. Warfare and Commerce in the Netherlands, 1570-1680 (Londen, 2014)
M. van Groesen, Amsterdam's Atlantic: Print Culture and the Making of Dutch Brazil (Philadelphia, 2017)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Esther Mijers
Tel: (0131 6)50 3756
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582