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Undergraduate Course: The Dutch Miracle: The United Provinces in the Golden Age (HIST10424)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  13
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 348 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate by way of coursework command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate by way of coursework an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate by way of coursework an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. 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;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Wiebe Bergsma, 'The Low Countries', in: B. Scribner, R. Porter & M. Teich (eds), The Reformation in National Context (Cambridge, 1994)

Charles R. Boxer, The Dutch Seaborne Empire, 1600-1800 (New York, 1965)

Karel Davids & Jan Lucassen (eds), A Miracle Mirrored: The Dutch Republic in European Perspective (Cambridge, 1995)

A. C. Duke, Reformation and Revolt in the Low Countries (London, 1990)

Martin van Gelderen, The Political Thought of the Dutch Revolt, 1555-1590 (Cambridge, 1992)

Helmer J. Helmers & Geert H. Janssen, The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge, 2018)

Jonathan I. Israel, The Dutch Republic. Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477-1806 (Oxford, 1995)

Daniel Margócsy, Science, Trade, and Visual Culture In The Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2014)

David Onnekink, & Gijs Rommelse, G., The Dutch in the Early Modern World: A History of a Global Power (Cambridge, 2019)

Andrew Pettegree & Arthur Der Weduwen, The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age (New Haven & London, 2019)

Maarten Prak, The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century: The Golden Age (Cambridge, 2005)

Jan de Vries and Ad van der Woude, The First Modern Economy: Success, failure, and perseverance of the Dutch economy, 1500-1815 (Cambridge 1997)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Esther Mijers
Tel: (0131 6)50 3756
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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