The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a European World Economy

Selected Web Sites on European Expansion with an Emphasis on Britain and the Dutch Republic

Libraries and Mega Sites

Specialized Sites

  • Department of Virtual Dutch
    A consortium of British universities offers on-line Dutch language instruction and Dutch language resources.
  • Steun NVT
    Steunpunt Nederlands als vreemde taal (Support point for Dutch as a Foreign Language) Information on learning Dutch as a foreign language in the Low Countries as well as at universities around the world. The site also provides guides to resources for self-study.
  • Aspects of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
    A site created by Gerard Koot, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, for NEH summer seminars at the University of Nottingham, which includes many resources and links on British industrialization as well as material on British museums and historical sites relatd to industrialization.
  • McMaster University Archive of the History of Economic Thought
    A large archive of important sources for the history of economic thought, which includes some works from the mercantilist period and many from the period of industrialization
  • Luminarium
    A site created by Aniina Jokinen on English literature (1485-1603) with many links to on-line original texts.
  • Commerce, Culture and Liberty: Readings on Capitalism and Culture Before Adam Smith
    This excellent collection of material from 17th and 18th century economists, edited by Henry C. Clark and published by the Liberty Fund in 2003, includes a great deal of material on The Dutch Republic and Britain.
  • Pieter de la Court, The True Interest and Political Maxims of the Republic of Holland A facsimile edition of a 1746 translation of Pieter de la Court's famous argument for freer international trade, Interest van Holland (1662).
  • Mercantilism: A Review essay
    John J. McKuscer's recent review essay on the Economic History Net of Elie Heckscher's classic study, Mercantilism (1931) is a good introduction to the subject. It has a good introductory bibliography.
  • Modern History Sourcebook
    An extensive collection of historical sources organized by Paul Halsall at Fordham University. It includes a good selection of primary documents on British industrialization and European Expansion.
  • Towards a New Age of Partnership in Dutch East India Company Archives
    This site includes extensive digitized information from the Dutch East India Company (VOC) with a good deal of explanative material on the history of the VOC and the regions in which it operated. It is a product of TANAP, a collaborative of archives in Asia, Africa, and the Netherlands.
  • Eighteenth Century Resources´┐ŻHistory
    An excellent collection of eighteenth century links to Internet resources by Jack Lynch, Rutgers University. It focuses on European and American and history.
  • Onderzoeksites voor Vaderlandse Geschiedenis (Internet Links to Dutch History Sources)
    Research sites for Dutch history compiled at the University of Leiden's history program. Some sites are in English.
  • International Seminar on the Atlantic World
    The Harvard seminar on the Atlantic World has been one of the major proponents of the study of an integrated Atlantic history that includes Europe, Africa and the Americas. This approach has been especially fruitful in the study of the early modern period. This site includes many interesting resources and Internet links for teaching and learning Atlantic history.
  • Links: Dutch-Portuguese Colonial History
    Marco Ramerini's extensive lists of websites related to Dutch and Portuguese Colonial history. It also includes some links to other colonial histories.
  • Discoverers Web
    Andre Engels, a computer scientist at the University of Eindhoven, has created this excellent amateur site of web links on early phases of European expansion.
  • The Williamite Universe
    This website is an international meeting place for scholars interested in and working on the Anglo-Dutch King-Stadholder William III (1650-1702) and his time and context. Aimed primarily at historians, the website also includes related disciplines, such as art history, political theory, philosophy, theology, economics and international relations
  • From Revolution to Reconstruction
    This eclectic site has many links on colonial American history, including many original sources. George Welling created this site with students from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen.
  • Constantijn Huygens Instituut
    The Constantijn Huygens Institute in the Netherlands is a site that promotes the study of intellectual history of the Dutch Republic through the publication of a major new edition of the work of Erasmus as well as works by Hugo Grotius and Antoni Leuwenhoek. This is the English version of its website.
  • Alaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
    Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797) was born in what is now Nigeria. Kidnapped and sold into slavery in childhood, he was taken as a slave to the New World. As a slave to a captain in the Royal Navy, and later to a Quaker merchant, he eventually earned the price of his own freedom by careful trading and saving. As a seaman, he traveled the world. Coming to London, he became involved in the movement to abolish the slave trade, an involvement which led to him writing and publishing The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African (1789), a strongly abolitionist autobiography. The book became a bestseller and, as well as furthering the anti-slavery cause, made Equiano a wealthy man. These web pages aim to reflect the best in Equiano scholarship and includes the text of his autobiography.
  • The Bubble Project
    The Bubble Project is a collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarly research initiative on the subject of the South Sea Bubble, the 1720 English episode in what might be called the first great international financial crisis.
  • Pacific Routes
    This special issue of Common-Place, an Uncommon Voice has interesting articles on trade and cultural exchange in the Pacific.
  • The Spartacus Encyclopedia of British History, 1700-1960
    This commercial site includes many short entries on topics in British history.
  • The Blake Archive
    A hypermedia archive of William Blake text and images sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, and other institutions and foundations

Museum Sites

  • CODART: Dutch and Flemish Art in Museums Worldwide
    A worldwide network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art. It includes links to museums, exhibitions and special features.
  • Yale Center for British Art
    Yale has the largest collection of British Art in the United States. The site includes a virtual exhibition of representative works and research links to resources for the study of British art.
  • British Galleries: Victoria & Albert Museum
    The Victoria and Albert Museum's British Galleries 1500-1900 display the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world. They contain some of Britain's most significant cultural treasures, and feature the top British designers of the times, plus the leading manufacturers, including Chippendale, Morris, Mackintosh, Wedgwood and Liberty. British art drew inspiration from Imperial sources and helped create an Imperial esthetic.
  • Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces
    The Rijksmuseum, which is undergoing a massive rebuilding from 2004 until 2008, has created this superb virtual exhibition of its masterpieces from the Golden Age.
  • National Maritime Museum
    The website of the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England. 2005 is the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar over Napoleon's fleet, which ratified British naval and imperial supremacy. Here you will find links to this story, as well as many others on Britain's naval history, as well as news about the many events commemorating Trafalgar in 2005.
  • Scheepvaart Museum
    The National Maritime Museum of the Netherlands website has an English version that includes information on its exhibits and some virtual exhibits.
  • Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
    The museum is in the process of placing many of its resources on line. The museum includes the first passenger railway station in Britain and a very large collection of steam engines. Some of its resources on the history of the textile industry are on line.
  • National Science Museum
    The National Science Museum in London site has virtual exhibitions on the history of technology and science and other on-line resources.

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