Frederik Hendrik and the Triumph of the Dutch Revolt describes a crucial period in European history. During the early seventeenth century the Dutch, led by Frederik Hendrik, were engaged in a struggle for independence from the mighty Spanish Empire. But Spain was allied with its fellow Hapsburg power, the Holy Roman Empire, and Europe was convulsed with the Thirty Years’ War.

It was a turbulent time with complex diplomacy, shifting alliances, monumental battles and more European powers entering the war. Yet thanks to Frederik Hendrik’s adroit diplomacy and military skill, combined with the tenacity of the Dutch people, the Dutch Republic emerged from the conflicts and gained full independence, eventually becoming a significant European power. After tracing these developments, the book continues by examining and comparing later nationalist insurgencies in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It analyses and identifies the factors making for successful insurgencies. The key factors of finances and international relations are emphasised.

This volume is informative and compelling reading for both practitioners and students studying history, international relations, terrorism and insurgency.

chapter |2 pages


Frederik Hendrik, the Dutch Revolt and Later Insurgencies

part I|33 pages

The Revolt

chapter 1|9 pages

William of Orange Builds a Nation

chapter 3|12 pages

The International Situation in Europe

part II|88 pages

Frederik Hendrik

chapter 4|14 pages

The Advent of Frederik Hendrik

chapter 5|13 pages

Internal Strife

chapter 6|21 pages

The Economy Expands Further

chapter 7|27 pages

Dutch Diplomacy and War in Europe

chapter 8|11 pages

The Road to Peace and Final Independence

part III|51 pages

Later Revolts and Insurgencies

part IV|6 pages

Frederik Hendrik–Conclusion

chapter 10|4 pages

The Achievement of Frederik Hendrik