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The First Modern Economy Success, Failure, and Perseverance of the Dutch

ISBN 0521578256 / 9780521578257 / 0-521-57825-6

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A comprehensive economic history of The Netherlands during its rise to European economic leadership, which argues that this was the first modern economy. This position is defended with detailed analyses of the major economic sectors and investigations into social structure and macro-economic performance. Dutch economic history is placed in its European and world context. Inter-continental and colonial trade are discussed fully. Special emphasis is placed on the environmental context and demographic developments. [via]