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By Paul F State

ISBN-10: 0816071071

ISBN-13: 9780816071074

ISBN-10: 143810832X

ISBN-13: 9781438108322

Regardless of the country's small measurement, the Netherlands has performed a comparatively huge half within the historical past of trade, executive, artwork, and faith, and it has left an indelible imprint on all the world's continents. this article presents a normal assessment of the historical past of the rustic from precedent days onwards.

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To keep order, militia companies (schutterijen) were formed made up largely of master craftsmen, shopkeepers, and trades dealers, officered in the higher ranks by leading, wealthy citizens. The poor were excluded because members had to buy their own outfits and contribute funds to help defray the militias’ costs, which included food and drink. Members of the militias patrolled town streets, walls, and gates, and the groups also served as fraternal social organizations. Well-armed and highly disciplined, these civic guards supplied the military muscle to match municipal economic power, and so their support was sought by rulers and would-be rulers at regional and, later, national levels.

In time, the success won by guildsmen in the cities of Flanders in forcing patricians to share and, in places, even surrender civic power spread north. By the 14th century, craft guilds were demanding the right to participate in government in every town in the Netherlands, and, by century’s end, they had won that right in varying degrees everywhere. They even seized power for a time in Utrecht as early as 1304. Town magistracies would be elected in rotation by patricians and guildsmen, an arrangement that, because the cast of characters changed constantly, led to the establishment of a new element in urban government—the professional administrator.

Royal house retainers and the nobility followed suit and, in so doing, promoted the fusion of the remaining Romano-Gaullish aristocracy 10 FROM EARLY SETTLEMENTS TO FRANKISH RULE with their Frankish counterparts. However, most of the population clung to the old faiths. Systematic efforts at conversion began around 500 under the sponsorship of the Frankish kings, who by then ruled the Netherlands as the subkingdom of Austrasia following a complex series of divisions of Frankish lands after the death of Clovis’s grandson Chlotar in 561.

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