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The Twelve Years Truce: Textual Explanations

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The treaty and the ratification of The Twelve Years Truce (1609) are documents which should be reckoned among the monuments of Dutch constitutional history. Although the Twelve Years Truce has long remained underexposed, its significance is comparable with the Utrecht Union of 1579 and the Peace Treaty of Munster of 1648. In the Dutch National Archives, these constitutional documents form the backbone of the collection. The Utrecht Union of 1579 was a union between seven autonomous provinces in the Northern Netherlands with one goal: war against Spain. The commemoration of the Twelve Years Truce in 2009 offered the occasion for the Dutch National Archives to edit a book containing 21 constitutional monuments which form part of its collection and which highlight the major steps in Dutch constitutional history. This privilege brought more uniformity to the apparatus of government in the Burgundian Netherlands.

Keywords: Dutch National Archives; Netherlands; Peace Treaty of Munster; Spain; Twelve Years Truce; Utrecht Union



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