Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700-2000
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Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700-2000

By Jane Fenoulhet (editor)
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All countries, regions and institutions are ultimately built on a degree of consensus, on a collective commitment to a concept, belief or value system. This consensus is continuously rephrased and reinvented through a narrative of cohesion and challenged by expressions of discontent and discord. The history of the Low Countries is characterised by both a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord, both internally and from external challenges. This interdisciplinary volume explores consensus and discord in a Low Countries context along broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines. Disciplines represented include early-modern and contemporary history; art history; film; literature; and translation scholars from both the Low Countries and beyond. 

Table of Contents
  • Frontcover
  • Half Title
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of figures and tables
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Introduction: discord and consensus in the Low Countries, 1700–​2000
  • 1 Pre-​modern Dutch identity and the peace ­celebrations of 1748
    • Introduction
    • Orangist celebrations
    • Dissident voices
    • The permanent threat of discord
    • Cycles of war and peace
  • 2 Gnawing worms and rolling thunder: the unstable harmony of Dutch eighteenth-​century literature
    • Introduction
    • Inventing and forgetting the eighteenth ​century’s literary past
    • Reviving the eighteenth century: harmony or conflict?
    • Worms and thunder
    • The idyllic nature of Dutch country house poems
    • Political lightning
    • Endeldijk: the destruction of the garden of delight
    • Epilogue
  • 3 A twice-​told tale of a (dis)united kingdom: Thomas Colley Grattan’s History of the Netherlands (1830, 1833)
    • Introduction
    • Background to Grattan’s History
    • The History of the Netherlands: Grattan’s Orangist approach
    • Grattan’s revised History
    • The afterlife of Grattan’s History
  • 4 A conflict in words and images, or a conflict between word and image? An intermedial analysis of graphic novel adaptations of Hendrik Conscience’s The Lion of Flanders (1838)
    • Introduction: the conflict in history and myth
    • The conflict turned into images: an intermedial translation
    • The different comic adaptations
    • Bob de Moor
    • Wilhelm Knoop
    • Biddeloo (De Rode Ridder)
    • Gejo
    • Matton/​Verhaeghe
    • National aspects read with a comparatist’s eye
    • Language conflict
    • Conclusion
  • 5 Language controversies in the Gazette van Detroit (1916–​1918)
    • Introduction
    • Camille Cools and the founding of the Gazette van Detroit
    • Language and style
    • Language attitudes
    • Conclusion
  • 6 ‘Beyond A Bridge Too Far’: the aftermath of the Battle of Arnhem (1944) and its impact on civilian life
    • Introduction
    • Revisiting the Battle of Arnhem: September 1944
    • The evacuation and destruction of Arnhem: September 1944 until April–​May 1945
    • Rebuilding the city and the nation: 1945–​1969
    • Unfinished business
    • Silences and ignorance: the discontents of reconstruction
    • The dynamics of discord and consensus
  • 7 ‘A sort of wishful dream’: challenging colonial time and ‘Indische’ identities in Hella S. Haasse’s Oeroeg, Sleuteloog and contemporary newspaper reviews
    • Introduction
    • Oeroeg: narrating a colonial dream
    • Sleuteloog: what does it mean to be ‘Indisch’?
    • Conclusion
  • 8 Reinstating a consensus of blame:  the film adaptation of Tessa de Loo’s De tweeling (1993) and Dutch memories of wartime
    • Introduction
    • The Twins (1993) at a turning-​point in the Dutch–​German relationship
    • Adapting the past
    • The Twins as a Dutch wartime romance
    • Representing Jewish suffering
    • Reinstating German guilt
    • Conclusion: a cinema of consensus
  • 9 Harmony and discord in planning: a comparative history of post-​war welfare policies in a Dutch–​German border region
    • Introduction
    • The northern Netherlands and north-​west Germany
    • Programmatic approach in Groningen and Drenthe
    • Industrial plans for East Frisia
    • The Emslandplan
    • Spatial planning: the Dutch west/​north divide
    • Distance between the region and the state in Germany
    • The heyday of regional industrialisation and its aftermath
    • Conclusion
  • 10 Dutch in the EU discourse chain: mimic or maverick?
    • Introduction
    • The multilingual chain of discourse: intergovernmental and supranational
    • Methodology
    • Data analysis
    • The verdict: mimic or maverick?
  • Notes on contributors
  • Notes on contributors
  • Index of names
  • Subject Index
  • Backcover
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