donderdag 18 juni 2009

Friesche Waterlinie ~ Frisian Water Defence Line

Bij het opgraven van de Bekhofschans vond men een affuit en in samenspraak met het Legermuseum is het hele ding gerestaureerd. Hij staat nu op wacht in het Friese plaatsje Oldeberkoop.

Meer over de Friese waterlinie hier, hier, bij Tresoar, en bij Noorderbreedte.


The picture above is of a gun that is now in the Frisian village Oldeberkoop. The gun itself was found after digging up the Bekhofschans, and the carriage was reconstructed in c0orporation with the Dutch Army museum. I have posted some nice links in dutch above about the Frisian Defence Waterline that streched from the Zuiderzee to the Dollard, so covering three 'Provinces'.

Speaking of Provinces. The word 'Holland', is usually used as a 'pars pro toto', for the Netherlands. The period I am talking about, is the period of 'The Dutch Republic', which wasn't a republic but a confederation of seven republics, being Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, Groningen, Friesland and Overijssel.

The representatives of the Provinces confered in The Hague as 'Staten Generaal'. Most of the times relations between the Provinces were good, but could get awkward when it came to money affairs, which didn't make the United Provinces a quick reaction force.

A very short wiki here, from the looks of it based on the works of Israel and Schama. (Tut tut, we all know now that the Republic was a major power up the 1750's!)

Like Geoffrey Parker though, they are historians that recieved a lot of criticism in the Netherlands, for different reasons: Parker for negating the particularities of the Low Countries, Schama for focussing too much on one group and his use of sources, and Israel for his revisionist ideas about the separation of the Netherlands.

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