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Brandon, Pepijn (2014) EEN ‘WAR AND SOCIETY’-GESCHIEDENIS VAN DE TACHTIGJARIGE OORLOG. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 129 (3). 51 - 72. ISSN 2211-2898

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In this review article, Pepijn Brandon discusses Petra Groen (ed.), De Tachtigjarige Oorlog. Van opstand naar geregelde oorlog 1568-1648 (The Eighty Years War: From Revolt to All-Out War 1568-1648). The main strength of this work lies in its outspoken endorsement of a ‘War and Society’ approach to the Dutch Revolt, freeing military history from its old-fashioned, often nationalist and militarist streak, and focusing attention on the interaction between the military struggle and society at large. However the possibilities for reinterpretation offered by this approach are not fully grasped, and the gaps in our knowledge of the Revolt that become apparent from this synthesis frequently remain under-explored. Why do we still know so little about the motivations of ‘ordinary soldiers’ in the rebel army? Were military factors the main determinant in the eventual separation between North and South? In what ways did war influence the character of the new state? A more consistent application of a ‘War and Society’ approach would help to integrate these old questions in a new interpretative framework.


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Brandon, Pepijn
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
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Journal or Publication Title: BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review
Volume: 129
Number: 3
Publisher: Igitur
Page Range: 51 - 72
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2211-2898
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Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 18:12
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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