History seminars at the IHR

Low Countries History

Convenors: Ulrich Tiedau (UCL), Anne Goldgar (KCL), Benjamin Kaplan (UCL), Joanna Woodall (Courtauld Institute)

Venue: Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Ben Kaplan: b.kaplan@ucl.ac.uk

Time: Friday, 5.15pm

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
15 January Crime and gender before the Dutch courts, 1600-1810

Ariadne Schmidt (Leiden)

12 February Designing markets for gambling in the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Low Countries: the case of lotteries

Jeroen Puttevils (Antwerp)

11 March Paradigms of Virtue: Building Moral Character in the Early Modern Netherlands

Bart Ramakers (Groningen)

18 March The Crisis of the 1620s and its antecedents: trade rivalry and politics in England and the Netherlands, 1604-1625

David Ormrod (Kent) and Valentina Caldari (Balliol College, Oxford)

Economic historians have long singled out the 1620s as the decade when the sustained growth of the early modern world economy came to a halt.  In England, monetary instability abroad and widespread depression in the textile industry coincided with harvest failure and plague.  Revival of the ‘general crisis’ debate by Geoffrey Parker has refocused interest on the Braudellian conjuncture, the intersection between war, rebellions and outbreaks of peace, and long-run economic and environmental change.


The Dutch Eleven Years’ Truce with Spain (1609-21) and James I’s pro-Spanish policy gave England and the Netherlands a breathing space to extend and diversify their overseas trade, which in turn led to a reshaping of their economic and diplomatic relations.   Revised estimates of English and Dutch trade values and reconsideration of the significance of import-led growth help to explain the dual character of the crisis of the 1620s in England and the Netherlands:  economic and political in equal measure.

Low Countries History, Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World seminar joint session
Venue: Room SH243, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House

Summer Term 2016
DateSeminar details
6 May The Dutch contexts of William Courten's (1642-1702) Collections

Sachiko Kusakawa (Cambridge)


20 May The UUterste Wille of Lowys Porquin (1563): Catholic Schoolbook or Subversive Calvinist Educational Manual?

Myriam Greilsammer (Bar Ilan)


3 June Through the powerful Intercession of the Maritime Powers: Religious Networks, Transnational Lobbying, and Anglo-Dutch interventions on behalf of foreign Protestants and Jews, 1690-1748

Catherine Arnold (Yale)