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The Strictures of Inheritance : The Dutch Economy in the Nineteenth Century - Jan Luiten van Zanden

The Strictures of Inheritance

The Dutch Economy in the Nineteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 18th April 2004
ISBN: 9780691114385
Number Of Pages: 416

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A major feat of research and synthesis, this book presents the first comprehensive history of the Dutch economy in the nineteenth century--an important but poorly understood piece of European economic history. Based on a detailed reconstruction of extensive economic data, the authors account for demise of the Dutch economy's golden age. After showing how institutional factors combined to make the Dutch economy a victim of its own success, the book traces its subsequent emergence as a modern industrial economy.

Between 1780 and 1914, the Netherlands went through a double transition. Its economy--which, in the words of Adam Smith, was approaching a "stationary state" in the eighteenth century--entered a process of modern economic growth during the middle decades of the nineteenth. At the same time, the country's sociopolitical structure was undergoing radical transformation as the decentralized polity of the republic gave way to a unitary state. As the authors show, the dramatic transformation of the Dutch political structure was intertwined with equally radical changes in the institutional structure of the economy. The outcome of this dual transition was a rapidly industrializing economy on one side and, on the other, the neocorporatist sociopolitical structure that would characterize the Netherlands in the twentieth century.

Analyzing both processes with a focus on institutional change, this book argues that the economic and political development of the Netherlands can be understood only in tandem.

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"A scientific masterpiece... The political dimension of the book renders its economic material more juicy and appealing to a wider audience."--P.A.G. Van Bergeijk, NRC Handelsblad "This is a major work."--A. van der Zwan, Trouw "The authors demonstrate how the economic history of the Netherlands between 1780 and 1914 can be effectively rewritten on the basis of insights derived from the 'new institutional economics'... This is a wonderful book."--W. Fritschy, Nederlandse Staatscourant "This immensely impressive book is underpinned by a major collaborative research project ... to reconstruct the Dutch national accounts from 1800-1913... This fine book stands as a major landmark, not only in the economic history of The Netherlands, but of Europe as a whole."--David Ormrod, Economic History Review

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Introduction : institutional change, nineteenth-century growth, and the early modern legacyp. 1
The end of the republic : Adam Smith's "stationary state" and the enlightened revolutionp. 11
A complex legacy tossed : the Dutch economy during war and revolution, 1780-1813p. 52
Unification and secession : the autocratic experiment of Willem I, 1813-1840p. 85
Troubled recovery : secession, policy adjustment, and the colonial nexus, 1813-1840p. 121
The liberal offensive, 1840-1870p. 168
Market integration and restructuring, 1840-1870p. 188
Emancipation, pluralism, and compromise : toward the politics of accomodation, 1870-1913p. 242
Modern economic growth and structural change, 1870-1913p. 263
Epilogue : economic development between corporatism and consociational democracyp. 331
Notesp. 335
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780691114385
ISBN-10: 0691114382
Series: The Princeton Economic History of the Western World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 18th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.05  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.72