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Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
An exploration of the relationship of competition and assimilation between England and the Netherlands during the 17th century, revealing how Dutch tolerance, resilience and commercial acumen effectively conquered England by permanently reshaping the intellectual landscape long before Dutch monarchs sat on the English throne.
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2008)
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Oct 23, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-english, art
When one thinks about the term conquest with England or Britain, the first thing that springs to mind is the Norman Conquest, not the Glorious Revolution. In part, Jardine tries to answer the question of why it wasn’t considered a conquest.
The opening chapters in this book are the strongest. Even though the focus is on the elites, the breakdown of the elite ties between the Netherlands and Britain is well thought out. However, the book weakens slightly and the reader is left wondering why Jardi
Apr 12, 2010 Robt. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subject matter of this book was quite interesting to me, but as an example of historical writing I was disappointed. Even in the paperback edition, the book is larded with color illustrations of 17th-century art, and I'm impressed with the publisher's commitment to the project (and/or Jardine's ability to get the publisher to go along with this), but Jardine really doesn't do much with this material. Often she uses period paintings merely as pictures of individuals named in the text, and ...more
Apr 18, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This is a very interesting book. On the positive side, I appreciate Jardine's effort to describe the social, artistic, familial, and scientific links between the 17th century Dutch and English. She does this well. She paints a clear and interesting picture of the glorious revolution and tensions, religious and otherwise, between royal factions and pretenders. I wish, though, she'd spent a little more time on the broader context: international conflict and the English civil war. Her assumption ...more
Courtney Johnston
Feb 14, 2010 Courtney Johnston rated it it was amazing
Shelves: extraordinary
The best of Lisa Jardine's books that I read so far. A fascinating account of the flow of knowledge, information, economic systems, art, poetry, music, wealth, garden design and royalty between England and Holland in the 1600s.

Has left me with the desire to do even more reading in this area, and about 5 books added to my reading list.
Shawn Davies
Dec 31, 2011 Shawn Davies rated it liked it
This handsome book starts off with an excellent chapter on the Dutch version of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when we kind of invited William of Orange to be our king and he arrived at the head of an enormous Armada and landed at Torbay in Devon, where he landed unopposed and was met with a curious crowd of children all smoking pipes. He then began a slow progress to London, stopping at the homes of English aristocrats with famous gardens on the way.

This is a riveting opening narrative Histor
Apr 12, 2016 Johns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in school we were all taught that the Glorious Revolution of 1688 was a universal English invitation to William and Mary to come over and rule after the dynastic failure of James II. Reading this enlightening book tells a different story: the GR was really a carefully planned invasion with lots of media spinning once the invader actually set his foot on English soil.

But there's a host of other dependencies and relationships between the two countries involved that the author sums up wi
Nick Jones
This started really interestingly, with an account of the Dutch invasion of 1688 which completely changed my perception of that event. Most historians make it send as though William turned up with a couple of fishing boats and a few horsemen, whereas it was 500 warships and 40,000 soldiers, mostly Dutch. The question she sets is essentially the one of why is it that the fact of military conquest has slipped the English national memory.

Sadly, I'm not sure she really ever answers the question. She
Lauren Albert
A strange book. Jardine starts by trying to get the reader to see how odd the "Glorious Revolution" was (Dutch soldiers in London, etc.). Then, she spends the rest of the book showing us why it wasn't so odd after all. She shows how much overlap there was between the two countries (horticulture, science, etc.) even during periods of war between them. What would have made the argument more convincing and more interesting is if she had compared this relationship to that of the British with other ...more
The Book Queen
Apr 30, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I never read non-fiction, but when I was going through a period where I was very interested in the Glorious Revolution I picked this book up. And it was very, very good. Jardine has clearly done her research; the level of detail is astonishing and she definitely knows her stuff. The chapters on the politics and the relations between the two royal families were my favourites as I'm interested in those two areas, but the chapters on science and finance were a bit dull. Be warned: she does go off ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Dale added it
I hate to say it - its a rather sad discovery, but I just lost interest entirely two-thirds thru. It started briskly enough with the political, military and religious aspects setting the scene, but then we just got bogged down in endless detail. I know that endless detail is the whole point of the book - the deep cultural relationship between the Dutch and English worlds. Its why I brought the book I acknowledge, but when the gaze hit the page I just couldn't be bothered. Its sad because I loved ...more
Harry Rutherford
Aug 04, 2008 Harry Rutherford rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Full, slightly overblown title: Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory. This is a book about the relationship between England and Holland in the C17th. It’s an interesting period, of course: the C17th was Holland’s ‘Golden Age’, when the country was not only a wealthy global power but at the intellectual and especially artistic forefront of Europe. For me, the art is especially remarkable: there are three of the all-time greats in Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer, and a huge number of o ...more
David Watson
Jun 02, 2016 David Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Glorious Revolution of 1688 was a gap in my knowledge before I read Going Dutch. That gap has now been largely, but not totally, filled.
The scale of William of Orange's invasion of England, and the extent to which it was his own initaitive, were revelations to me. I had been under the illusion that William had been begged and cajoled by anti-Catholic elements in England to undertake the invasion, but Lisa Jardine shows it was very much his own project. She lays out how the unexpected birth o
Byron Varvel
Oct 14, 2015 Byron Varvel rated it liked it
I was doing some research on this novel for Anglo-Dutch historiography and have always been fascinated with De Ruyter, de With, Lord Ablemarle, and the old timey English and Dutch naval bosses of old. This book piqued my interest on the shelf and wanted to see if Jardine would give me clues as to how Holland with its huge edge in joint-stock and maintaining a stable country via the oligarchy they had for centuries and how England brought them down.

I was disappointed when I read this book more so
Aug 26, 2013 Nancy rated it did not like it
Chapters 1 and 12 were the good ones in this book.

Chapters 2-8 are meandering histories consisting of art history minutiae and plutocrat semi-biographies. I found the main historical events to be repetitive and had to struggle to find something interesting as I fast forwarded through these chapters. Personally, I thought these chapters were completely uninteresting and irrelevant to the theme of the book. I feel this subject and timeline were just too narrow to fill up a book, but should be sav
Oct 18, 2010 Myla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Singleton Mosby
I had high expectations of this book. The more as I know barely anything about Dutch history (apart from that learned at school) and hoped to lear a lot from this book about a very interesting period.

Well, I didn't. Not only was the book rather 'messy' in its red-line, the historical background was very vague and it wasn't all that interesting to me unfortunately. The thing which put me off most about it however was the constant appearance of Huyghens. Had I wanted to read a whole book about hi
Nov 04, 2014 Caro rated it liked it
Shelves: amsterdam
Conversations between Dutch and English artists and art collectors, scientists and gardeners went on throughout the 17th century, regardless of whether the Dutch were invading England (the Glorious Revolution) or the countries were at war. The first chapters are particularly interesting, but Jardine's two later chapters championing Robert Hooke, while admirable, go on for far too long. Constantine Huygens and his family are, of course, everywhere.
Aug 13, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book although it was quite a heavy read. Jardine's research is formidable and makes for fascinating detail about an extremely interesting period of history. I had no idea of the extent of the cultural (and scientific) interaction between the English and the Dutch in the 17th century even though, as a South African, I am aware of what the Dutch brought to my country. Beautifully written and illustrated. It was enthralling.
Mar 25, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Different chapters about the political, artistic, financial, and scientific exchanges between England Holland in the 17th Century. Each chapter was hit or miss. Liked the chapter on political exchanges, but some of the chapters detailing sales of art going back and forth were pretty tedious except for he most devout art curator. Same with the chapters about English gardens.
Apr 23, 2009 Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully illustrated book documents the intertwining of the English and Dutch elites in their love of art, music, gardening, science and medicine (irrespective of trading competition where the English learnt much re commerce and banking from the Dutch) prior to the Dutch conquest of England in 1688.
Mar 22, 2011 Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A revisionist history of the so called Glorious Revolution of 1688 showing how indebted the English are in so many ways to the Dutch. The Dutch conquered England culturally in many ways long before William's invasion. They gave the British and thus much of the western world much of that we consider modern from finance to the family.
Jul 08, 2012 Corrina rated it really liked it
Loved this, it was fascinating. I especially liked the different profiles within the Huygens family. All in all, it didn't have the same "spark" as Worldly Goods or Ingenious Pursuits, but very enjoyable read. This period of history is so interesting and as always, Ms. Jardine adds to the writings about it with her usual scholarship and context.
Nov 12, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the start of this and the topic was an interesting one but I found it dragged in bits and was a tad boring, particularly in the chapter where we were told who bought which picture from who. Slightly disappointed as I usually really like Lisa Jardine's books, so it's more of a 2 1/2 or a 2 3/4 than a 3 really.
Shawna gilly
Jan 04, 2009 Shawna gilly is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
It's a big book with LOADS of info. I had to take a break from it. It can be a bit overwhelming at times but it is very interesting so far.

Had to take a break from this's insanely detailed.

Jun 01, 2011 Xdw rated it liked it
Better title: English-Dutch art, architecture, science, and gardening interactions in the 17th century
Dec 17, 2010 Gaile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A history of Holland and England during the time Of William Of Orange beginning in 1617 and ending around 1670.
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Lisa Anne Bronowski (Jardine) is a British historian of the early modern period. From 1990 to 2011 she was Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies and Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London. Since 2008 she has been Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).[1] She was a Member of Council of the Royal Institution, but ...more
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