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By Benjamin Kaplan, Marybeth Carlson, Laura Cruz

Characteristically, the time period boundary applies to the demarcation among a actual position and one other actual position, most ordinarily linked to traces on a map because the essays during this quantity show, although, a boundary may also functionality in a extra generally conceptual demeanour. A boundary turns into now not an "imaginary line" yet a device for pondering easy methods to separate any parts, no matter if rules, occasions, etc., into different types during which they turn into understandable and distinctive. the coed members search no longer just to parent the bounds, yet, and maybe extra importantly, to appreciate the method of delination, and its results. With its maverick historical past and grass-root political traditions, the Netherlands presents an auspicious atmosphere to ascertain the old functionality of obstacles either actual and imagined.

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What in those decades happened is still the most momentous event in the history of the Netherlands, but how much did it alter pre-existing territorial divisions? 15 Politics and religion were thus closely intertwined but leading to different outcomes from city to city. Following the outbreak of the Revolt, the picture thus changed radically but in States-Brabant the actual process of change was a long drawn-out aff air, much more so than in the south. Den Bosch was finally recaptured in 1629, and fighting went on until the early 1640s.

10 Once the precarious moment of national foundation had passed, however, such meaningful representations of the globe had lost their purpose. By the later decades of the century, thus, the Dutch abandoned the topos of “Spanish tyranny in America,” quit their aggressive publication of Las Casas, and reoriented their geography more generally away from the distinctly provincial image of America that had hitherto dominated. Yet the Dutch did not abandon their investment in geography altogether. On the contrary, they began to produce in these years (circa 1670–1730) more works, in more forms, than ever before.

Only Bergen op Zoom enjoyed relative peace and security from 1577 onwards. It is clear though that States-Brabant as a whole bore the brunt of the fighting during these formative decades. The countryside was devastated several times over and towns were depopulated: migration was in many ways the key 12 Guido Marnef, Het calvinistische bewind te Mechelen 1580–1585 (Kortrijk-Heule: UGA, 1987); see also his Antwerp in the age of Reformation: underground Protestantism in a commercial metropolis, 1550–1577 (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1996).

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