Russia and the Dutch Republic, 1566–1725: A Forgotten Friendship outlines how the Netherlands had an outsized impact on the early development of Russia into a Great Power in the course of the seventeenth century. Although this influence is usually associated with Peter the Great’s reign, the author argues that much of it predates Peter’s accession to the tsarist throne. Kees Boterbloem explores the origins and development of the narrow ties the United Provinces (Dutch Republic) and the Russian Empire maintained in the early modern age, weighing their political, military, economic, and cultural significance for world history.
Kees Boterbloem is professor of history at the University of South Florida.
Foreword: Jordan E. Kurland, 1928–2016, Stuart M. Kurland
Chapter 1: The Prehistory of Dutch-Russian Relations; the English Pioneers
Chapter 2: Flemish Trailblazers
Chapter 3: New States on Europe’s Fringe
Chapter 4: De Vogelaer and Van Klenck
Chapter 5: The Russian and Dutch Other
Chapter 6: Diplomatic Ties
Chapter 7: Isaac Massa
Chapter 8: Business Opportunities
Chapter 9: Guns and Grain
Chapter 10: Medicine
Chapter 11: Dutch Entrepreneurs
Chapter 12: Pivot: Boreel’s Embassy
Chapter 13: Dutch Mercenaries in the Tsar’s Service
Chapter 14: The Western Sloboda
Chapter 15: The New Commercial Statute of 1667
Chapter 16: Envoys
Chapter 17: The Oryol
Chapter 18: Becoming Russian?
Chapter 19: Koenraad van Klenck’s Embassy
Chapter 20: The Interregnum, 1676-1689
Chapter 21: Peter the Great
Chapter 22: Patrick Gordon and François Lefort
Chapter 23: Russians in the Republic
Chapter 24: A Final Blaze of Business: Lups and Brants
Chapter 25: Cornelis Cruys and the Russian Exchange Students
Chapter 26: An Era Closes: The Eighteenth Century
Russia and the Dutch Republic, 1566–1725: A Forgotten Friendship (Lexington Books, 2021) guides us through one of Russia’s most important early modern relationships. This brisque and engaging read introduces us to the diplomats, merchants, mercenaries, and shipwrights, who mediated all manner of exchanges between Russia and the Netherlands, offering a fresh perspective on how this important relationship changed before and during the reign of Peter I.