Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 28, 1986)
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If the mix of fabulous political abilities and a strong intelligence have been adequate to make a 'philosopher-king' comparable to Plato dreamed of, the Dutch 'Grand Pensionary' John de Witt (1625-72) might healthy the prescription in addition to any statesman in historical past. Manoeuvring one of the powers of Europe within the interval of France's transforming into ascendancy, and dealing with the sour advertisement and political competition of the English, he controlled to maintain the eminent place the United Provinces had reached while Spain famous their independence at Munster in 1648. now not till the kings of France and England mixed opposed to the Republic in 1672 did De Witt's political method, known as the 'True Freedom' and which includes the utmost autonomy of the provinces and the exclusion of Prince William III of Orange from excessive workplace, cave in in the course of the French invasion, an occasion followed by way of the bad assassination of De Witt and his brother Cornelius.