The Dutch Windmill Author:Frederick Stokhuyzen Windmills have always played a great part in the life of Holland and its inhabitants.While at first they served to grind corn, to remove excess water from the low-lying districts, and to saw timber, thus making the country fit for human habitation and adding to the habitable area, they developed - especially in the seventeenth century - into a m... more »ost important factor in the social structure of those days.
Although it can be said that windmills which can be compared to Dutch windmills can be found in other European countries, it it is only in Holland that so many windmills are present in so small an area. Windmills form an important element in the Dutch landscape which is unique in the world.
This book shows these windmills of the most varied types - drainage mills, corn mills, and industrial mills for all sorts of purposes - from the aesthetic, the historical, and the technical point of view. The descriptive text is illustrated with numerous architectural renderings and photographs of the various types windmills, including their inner structures and mechanical details.« less