Emerging Memory

Photographs of Colonial Atrocity in Dutch Cultural Remembrance

Paul Bijl

Paul Bijl

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

255 pages | 42 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089645906 Will Publish March 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Dutch commentators repeatedly claim that their nation has forgotten its violent colonial past. In this compelling study, however, Paul Bijl demonstrates that photographs of colonial atrocities have appeared consistently in the Dutch public sphere and remain widely available in print, on television, and online. The nation, he argues, has not forgotten; rather, the Dutch have failed to absorb the meaning of these ubiquitous images and the scenes they depict.

Ultimately, Bijl illuminates the shadowy zone between remembering and forgetting—a zone populated by histories that do not correspond to the narratives we construct about the past.

Introduction: Icons of Memory and Forgetting

Chapter 1. 1904: Imperial Frames

Chapter 2. 1904-1942: Epistemic Anxiety and Denial

Chapter 3. 1942-1966: Compartmentalized and Multidirectional Memory

Chapter 4. 1966-2010: Emerging Memory



List of Places Where the 1904 Photographs Can Be Found

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