The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe

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Cornell University Press, 2005 - History - 235 pages
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"On the basis of massive archival work, Adams arrives at a profoundly gendered reading of the family/power structure of the Dutch elite and their companies, in particular the VOC, or Dutch East India Company. In the United Provinces, she finds the first example of the power structure that would dominate the transitional states of early modern Europe - the "familial state." This organizational structure is typified, in her view, by "paternal political rule and multiple arrangements among the family heads.""--BOOK JACKET.

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