Hugo Grotius, Annals of the War in the Low Countries
Edition, Translation, and Introduction
Edited by Jan Waszink
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The Annals of the War in the Low Countries is one of Hugo Grotius' lesser-known works. Grotius expresses a contrarian view of the early revolt, which he presents not as a united battle for the true faith and the ancient liberties of the land but as a protracted and painful struggle, not only with the great power of Spain, but also with discord, selfishness and religious fanaticism among the Dutch. To convey this complex and controversial vision of the foundational years of the Dutch Republic, Grotius chose the worldview and the prose style of the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus as his model. His commissioners, however – the States of Holland – did not publish the work when it was finished in 1612; it appeared in print posthumously in 1657.
is the first edition of Grotius' then-influential and well-known Annals
of the Dutch Revolt since its initial publication. It presents a critical
edition of the Latin text, a fresh modern English translation, and an
introduction which covers all aspects of the work, from its conception to its
modern reception, underlining the importance of reason of state for Grotius'
thought in general.
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).
Summaries of annales 1–5
Format: Edited volume - hardback
Size: 240 × 170 × 30 mm
Publication: February 14, 2023
Series: Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae
Stock item number: 152670
It is owing to Jan Waszink’s invaluable and indefatigable scholarship on the Annales that the obstacles to its study are now finally removed. There are no more excuses not to read Grotius the historian. - Helmer Helmers, The Seventeenth Century, https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2023.2283342