For Orange and the States: The Army of the Dutch Republic, 1713-1772

Part I: Infantry

Marc Geerdink-Schaftenaar

The Dutch Republic was one of the great European powers during the 17th and 18th centuries. Generally, the Dutch Republic was considered to have lost that status after the 1713 Peace of Utrecht; however, when the Republic entered the War of Austrian Succession in 1740, it was able to field an army of more than 80,000 men. This expanded to more than
Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
From Reason To Revolution
Illustration :
8pp color section, 53 b/w ills & photo's, 5 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911512158
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.25 inches
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Overview
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The Dutch Republic was one of the great European powers during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Generally, the Dutch Republic was considered to have lost that status after the 1713 Peace of Utrecht; however, when the Republic entered the War of Austrian Succession in 1740, it was able to field an army of over 80,000 men. This expanded to over 110,000 men during the war, demonstrating that the Republic was still a European power to be reckoned with. The losses suffered in that conflict led to a period of decline, which in the end would result in the end of the Republic in 1795. But despite the years of neutrality, shortages, budget cuts and reorganizations, the army was still quite a formidable force. The purpose of this book is to focus on the uniforms and organization of that army, from the Peace of Utrecht until the reforms of 1772. The army of the Dutch Republic is a subject that sounds familiar, but is yet greatly undiscovered; little of it is known, unlike the armies of Britain, France, Prussia, and even the lesser powers like Sweden and Denmark. Historical sources of it, be it surviving items of uniform and equipment or paintings and prints, are unfortunately scarce. This study brings to light much material previously unseen.

About The Author
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Marc Geerdink-Schaftenaar was born in 1972 and began studying military history and uniforms after casting his first tin soldiers when he was 12. Since then, he has been fascinated with history, especially when he discovered re-enactment and living history. Studying for his degree in teaching, he began writing articles, giving lectures and publishing documents for re-enactors, to make historical information easily accessible for anyone interested. The Dutch Army’s Regiment Limburgse Jagers presented him with an award for his research on their military history. He lives in Julianadorp, the Netherlands, with his wife Jolijn (also an active re-enactor) and four kids.

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