INTS 2370 Lecture 2: Week 2 Notes

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Day 3 & 4
Dutch East Indies Company
Private company
Not the Dutch gov’t
Gets its right/monopoly to do business with the east (Indonesia)
Functions like/Answers to Dutch gov’t
o Right to make treaties, etc.
o Could not function without the Dutch navy
Capitalism emerges in Protestant countries
Profit not a sin in Protestant
At the time, everyone was fighting
Dutch said stop, everyone has a right
Even the Jews
2 periods came of this in Amsterdam
Dutch art
Philosophy
o Spinoza
Going to deconstruct the Bible
Miracles are nonsense
Rejects Protestantism
Expelled from Judaism
He is a Diest
God is nature
Not an atheist
o Following Spinoza are a ton of Diests
Netherlands
Tons of wind
Big factor is the sea
o Holland taught Europe everything
Agriculture, commerce, jurists, press/books (more books than
all of Europe at time), ships, medicine, banking, philosophy
Example of nations
Amsterdam replaced urban centers like Venice and Antwerp
What Netherlands does
Moves economy from Begium (Antwerp) to Amsterdam
Then connects it with the Baltic
Overall connects Europe economy as a whole
Sea in Netherlands
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