A Key to Dutch History

A Key to Dutch History

By Commissie Ontwikkeling Nederlandse Canon
Book Description

Many people know the stories behind the tulip mania in the 17th century and the legacy of the Dutch East India Company, but what basic knowledge of Dutch history and culture should be passed on to future generations? A Key to Dutch History and its resulting overview of historical highlights, assembled by a number of specialists in consultation with the Dutch general public, provides a thought-provoking and timely answer. The democratic process behind the volume is reminiscent of the way in which the Netherlands has succeeded for centuries at collective craftsmanship, and says as much about the Netherlands as does the outcome of the opinions voiced. The Cultural Canon of the Netherlands consists of a list of fifty topics from Dutch culture and history, varying from the megalithic tombs in the province of Drenthe and Willem of Orange to the Dutch constitution and the vast natural gas field in the province of Groningen. These fifty topics act as a framework for understanding and even studying Dutch culture and history. The canon should lead to further understanding and deepening of our knowledge of our past and act as an inspirational source for pupils, students and the public at large.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Foreword to the English version
  • Foreword
  • Section A
    • Summary
    • The canon - the pros and cons
    • The canon outlined
    • The canon in practice
    • The canon in revision
    • The canon in position
    • Closing remarks
    • Literature
    • Appendix 1
    • Appendix 2
    • Appendix 3
    • Abbreviations
  • Section B
    • Introduction
    • Megalithic Tombs
    • The Roman Limes
    • Wilibrord
    • Charlemagne
    • Hebban olla vogala
    • Floris V
    • The Hanseatic League
    • The printing press
    • Erasmus
    • Charles V
    • The Beeldenstorm
    • William of Orange
    • The Republic
    • The Dutch East India Company (VOC)
    • The Beemster Polder
    • The canal ring
    • Hugo Grotius
    • The Statenbijbel
    • Rembrandt
    • Blaeu’s Atlas Major
    • Michiel de Ruyter
    • Spinoza
    • Slavery
    • Country mansions
    • Eise Eisinga
    • The patriots
    • Napoleon Bonaparte
    • King William I
    • The first railway
    • The Constitution
    • Max Havelaar
    • Opposition to child labour
    • Vincent van Gogh
    • Aletta Jacobs
    • World War I
    • De Stijl
    • The crisis years
    • World War II
    • Anne Frank
    • Indonesia
    • Willem Drees
    • The great flood
    • Television
    • The port of Rotterdam
    • Annie M.G. Schmidt
    • Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles
    • Srebrenica
    • Diversity in the Netherlands
    • The natural gas deposit
    • Europe
    • Main lines of the canon
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