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An Investigation into the Historical Development of Amsterdam 1 Introduction This project focuses upon the development of Amsterdam between the years 1200 and 1800 AD The city of Amsterdam is of great importance to the Netherlands as it is the countrys nominal capital the political centre is Den Haag Alongside being the most carefully constructed Dutch city Amsterdam attracts the highest number of foreign visitors to the Netherlands The city itself stands upon the confluence of the rivers Amstel and Ijsselmeer at the heart of the Randstad As Amsterdam was one of the first medieval cities to be established in the Netherlands it has a long and interesting past It has a present-day reputation for as a multicultural tolerant and prosperous area naturally this has arrived as a result of its history The aim of the project is to produce a comprehensive chronologically organised discussion of Amsterdams development This will involve looking at the early establishment of a small fishing village upon the marshy riverbanks c 1200 The religious and dynastic conflicts that shaped much of the Low Countries medieval development will be discussed This will precede an account of Amsterdams metamorphosis into a major European market and global centre particularly during the Golden Age of the 17th century The consolidation of Amsterdams wealth during a nationwide recession followed by the citys decline 1672 1813 will be considered A secondary consideration will be the ways in which Amsterdams political and economic position influenced the Republic as a whole and vice versa The citys financial climate will continually be compared with the Republics wealth I expect to find some interesting differences between the two Social and cultural aspects which 00obviously play an important role in any citys development will be addressed when relevant The conclusion of the project will comprise a summary of the above This will include an analysis of general effect Amsterdams prominence had
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