An Analysis on the Importance of Commercial Port Cities in the Netherlands and Urban Networking in the 16th and 17th Centuries

  • 2016

An Analysis on the Importance of Commercial Port Cities in the Netherlands and Urban Networking in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Author:
Richard Sierra
Abstract:

The economic, intellectual, and political relationships shared amongst the cities of The Netherlands in the Early Modern times are an under-studied subject in world history. The urban network in the Netherlands served as a fundamental core of the interconnected economy of the world-system proposed by Immanuel Wallerstein and is a center of gravity in Dutch historiography that merits closer examination. This paper focuses on the role the secondary urban network played in making Amsterdam and the Netherlands a major world power during that country's "Golden Age."