• The Dutch Moment

  • War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World
  • By: Wim Klooster
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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In The Dutch Moment, Wim Klooster shows how the Dutch built and eventually lost an Atlantic empire that stretched from the homeland in the United Provinces to the Hudson River and from Brazil and the Caribbean to the African Gold Coast. The fleets and armies that fought for the Dutch in the decades-long war against Spain included numerous foreigners, largely drawn from countries in northwestern Europe. Likewise, many settlers of Dutch colonies were born in other parts of Europe or the New World. The Dutch would not have been able to achieve military victories without the native alliances they carefully cultivated. Indeed, the Dutch Atlantic was quintessentially interimperial, multinational, and multiracial. At the same time, it was an empire entirely designed to benefit the United Provinces. 

The pivotal colony in the Dutch Atlantic was Brazil, half of which was conquered by the Dutch West India Company. Its brief lifespan notwithstanding, Dutch Brazil (1630 - 1654) had a lasting impact on the Atlantic world. The scope of Dutch warfare in Brazil is hard to overestimate - this was the largest interimperial conflict of the 17th-century Atlantic. Brazil launched the Dutch into the transatlantic slave trade, a business they soon dominated.

After the loss of Brazil and, 10 years later, New Netherland, the Dutch scaled back their political ambitions in the Atlantic world.

The book is published by Cornell University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. 

"Certain to become a classic in early modern Atlantic world and imperial history." (Benjamin Schmidt, author of Inventing Exoticism)

©2016 Cornell University (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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Interesting book, had to finish

This is an interesting book, very knowledgeable.
The narration is monotone, but ok, however finish was a challenge.

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  • Jon lanģley
  • 04-01-22

I learned a lot...

...but can't help feeling that there was just something missing from this account. I must add it came as a surprise just how good the Dutch were in war, never quite good enough for long enough. Their subsequent action in Southern Africa bears testimony to just how efficient they were and for me it was their efficiency which worked best to their advantage , over the brute force demonstrated by Britain, Spain and France. This is, definitely not about the furthest reaches of Southern Africa and only touches upon Dutch dominance on Indonesia, save to comment on the political system and trading organisations which allowed these events to occur. Personal opinion : Recommend.