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Arie van Deursen, Dutch historian, died he was 80.


Arie Theodorus van Deursen was a Dutch historian whose focus was the early modern period died he was 80 . He was Professor Emeritus of History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He was a specialist in Dutch history of the 16th and 17th century.

(23 June 1931 – 21 November 2011)

Career

Arie van Deursen was born at Groningen. He was a prolific author[1] with a refined style. He has written several books about daily life in the Dutch Golden Age, religious controversies in the 16th and 17th century (Jacobus Arminius versus Franciscus Gomarus) and the political situation of that period; he wrote biographies of William the Silent and Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, a history of the Vrije Universiteit, a history of the Netherlands (1555–1702), a biography of Michiel de Ruyter and several volumes of collected essays.
As an orthodox Christian Van Deursen was heavily involved in polemics about the history of secularization and its consequences.[2] In his Huizinga Lecture Huizinga en de geest der eeuw (Huizinga and the spirit of the age) Van Deursen compared the critical evaluation of the secularization by Isaäc da Costa and Johan Huizinga. Van Deursen died in Oegstgeest on 21 November 2011, aged 80.

Books (Dutch)

  • Professions et métiers interdits: Un aspect de l’histoire de la révocation de l’Édit de Nantes, Groningen: Wolters 1960 (doctoral thesis)
  • Honni soit qui mal y pense? De Republiek tussen de mogendheden (1610–1612), Amsterdam: Noord-Hollandsche Uitgevers Maatschappij 1965
  • Bavianen en slijkgeuzen: Kerk en kerkvolk ten tijde van Maurits en Oldenbarnevelt, Assen: Van Gorcum 1974 (ISBN 9051941854)[3]
  • Mensen van klein vermogen: Het kopergeld van de Gouden Eeuw, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 1991 (ISBN 9035110110). Translated in English: Plain lives in the Golden Age. Popular culture, religion and society in seventeenth-century Holland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1991.
    • Volume 1, Het dagelijks brood
    • Volume 2, Volkscultuur
    • Volume 3, Volk en overheid
    • Volume 4, Hel en hemel
  • Een dorp in de polder: Graft in de zeventiende eeuw, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 1994
  • Willem van Oranje: een biografisch portret, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 1995
  • De Bataafse revolutie (1795–1995), Apeldoorn: Willem de Zwijgerstichting 1995
  • Geleefd geloven: geschiedenis van de protestantse vroomheid in Nederland (coauthor: G.J. Schutte), Assen: Van Gorcum 1996
  • Maurits van Nassau, 1567-1625: de winnaar die faalde, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 2000
  • Rust niet voordat gy ze van buiten kunt: de Tien Geboden in de 17e eeuw, Kampen: De Groot Goudriaan 2004
  • De last van veel geluk: De geschiedenis van Nederland 1555-1702, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 2004 (ISBN 9035126270)
  • Een hoeksteen in het verzuilde bestel: De Vrije Universiteit 1880-2005, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker 2005 (ISBN 9035128672)
  • De admiraal: De wereld van Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter, Franeker: Van Wijnen 2007 (ISBN 9789051942828)

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