The Netherlands in a Nutshell

Highlights from Dutch History and Culture

Edited by Frits van Oostrom

Edited by Frits van Oostrom

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

128 pages | 110 color plates | 6 3/4 x 8 4/5 | © 2008
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9789089640390 Published June 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Many think they know the legends behind tulipmania and the legacy of the Dutch East India Company, but what basic knowledge of Dutch history should be passed on to future generations? This 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 excelled for centuries at collective craftsmanship, and says as much about the Netherlands as does the outcome of the opinions voiced. The Netherlands in a Nutshell offers a mine of information for visitors to the Netherlands, and should appeal to anyone interested in the history of this fascinating and multi-faceted land in the heart of Europe.

The canon of the Netherlands
   Megalithic tombs
   The Roman Limes
   Hebban olla vogala - The Dutch language in writing
   Floris V
   The Hanseatic League
   Charles V
   The Beeldenstorm (iconoclastic outbreak)
   William of Orange
   The Republic
   The Dutch East India Company (VOC)
   The Beemster Polder
   The Canal Ring
   Hugo Grotius
   The Statenbijbel (authorised version of the Bible)
   Blaeu's Atlas Major
   Michiel de Ruyter
   Christiaan Huygens
   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
   Willem Drees
   The Great Flood
   The Port of Rotterdam
   Annie M.G. Schmidt
   Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles
   Diversity in the Netherlands
   The natural gas deposit
Main lines of the canon
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