Book Review- ‘Een zee van traan: vier eeuwen Nederlandse walvisvaart 1612–1964 by J. R. Bruijn and L. Hacquebord

By Dreijer, Gijs, published October 2020


aap Bruijn and Louwrens Hacquebord, two emeritus professors in history and geography, have co-operated to write this general overview of whaling and the whale trade in the Netherlands between 1612 and 1964. Since most works on the subject have focused on specific periods in history, such a general overview is both necessary and long overdue. The book offers an excellent and up-to-date overview of the historical and scientific literature on Dutch whaling over a period of three and a half centuries, which both specialists in the field and those casually interested in the subject will find of great use. It details the maritime, social, economic, cultural and ecological history of whaling and puts the Dutch whaling efforts into a wider European perspective, for instance comparing it with English, Danish and Norwegian efforts at various points in history. Since the last major study on early modern Dutch whaling dates from the 1970s (C. De Jong’s three-part PhD thesis on Dutch whaling), the authors rightly argue that a new study is necessary…

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