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University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300)
Gerard M. Koot (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

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

A five-week seminar for sixteen school teachers comparing the development of modern economic systems in the Dutch Republic and Great Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The purpose of this five-week NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is to investigate how a region of Northwestern Europe on the North Sea emerged as a liberal market society, became the first region in the world to develop a modern economy of sustained economic growth that spawned the first industrial revolution, and constructed a European led world economy. We will study how the national economy of the Dutch Republic rose to pre-eminence in the new European world-economy of the seventeenth century, how Britain acquired this supremacy in the eighteenth century, and how it transformed itself to become the first industrial nation. We will discuss contemporary accounts, historical documents and seminal historical interpretations of this world-historical transformation. In order to broaden our perspective and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of humanistic studies, we will also study many visual images from the period. Common Good Init.

Project fields:
European History

Seminars for School Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$131,235 (approved)
$119,516 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016