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Title: Community without Borders: Scots Migrants and the Changing Face of Power in the Dutch Republic, c. 1600-1700
Author: Catterall, Douglas
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004120778
Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 416
List Price in Cloth: $147.00 Our price: $123.99
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This is a valuable book for anyone interested in the cultural meaning of preindustrial migration. Arguing that early modern European migrants could fundamentally influence their fate and their adopted communities, it explores the world of Scots migrants to the Dutch port of Rotterdam, c. 1600-1700.The heart of the study is a reconstruction of the social networks that Scots used to establish and sustain themselves in Rotterdam, drawn from unusually rich narrative sources. Through their social ties, Scots also told stories and kept memories as they created complex identities encompassing Rotterdam, Scotland, and places further afield.By shaping their relationships to Rotterdam, Scots had a broad impact on their adopted home. Their actions helped change Rotterdam's political, religious, and legal fabric and even tied Rotterdam to the wider Atlantic world.