Michael Adas: High School Teachers Institute
Friday, April 29, 2022, 09:30am - 02:00pm
April 29, 2022
“The Netherlands: Progenitor of the Modern Age”
Michael Adas, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Rutgers University
Though often neglected or marginalized in history texts and teaching, the tiny Netherlands (often referred to as Holland, the most prominent of its provinces) was perhaps the greatest single progenitor of globalization in the early modern era. From city planning (think Amsterdam and New York), global exploration, and the slave trade to religious reformation, artistic expression, fundamental changes in waging war, and the international obsession with coffee, the Netherlands was a central and enduring factor. Using slides, a thoroughly entertaining historical novel, and wide-ranging discussion, we will explore the golden age of one of the most transformative cultures all of human history.