Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

by Joop W. Koopmans, Arend H. Huussen Jr.
     
 

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The Netherlands, frequently but erroneously called Holland, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. In the past few decades, it has been undergoing many transformations made possible by its dynamic and fast-moving political landscape. It has shifted from fierce nationalism toward a self-image of tolerance and permissiveness: the national

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The Netherlands, frequently but erroneously called Holland, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. In the past few decades, it has been undergoing many transformations made possible by its dynamic and fast-moving political landscape. It has shifted from fierce nationalism toward a self-image of tolerance and permissiveness: the national identity and self-consciousness has slowly eroded through decolonization and immigration. Unfortunately, several murders of prominent, controversial politicians have started yet another shift away from tolerance, and economic stagnation has bred pessimism. Nonetheless, despite many trials and tribulations, there has been real progress, and the Dutch have perhaps done a better job of coming to terms with their limitations than many others in the world. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands contains more than 700 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning the Netherlands' political, economic, and social system along with short biographies on important figures who have shaped the Netherlands' history. Supplementing the entries are a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and a bibliography, making this a superb quick reference on the Netherlands.

Editorial Reviews

March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
this is an excellent resource and reference work...
Reference and Research Book News
...an updated and expanded reference containing some 700 cross-referenced entries on the political, economic, and social systems of the Netherlands, as well as short biographies of key figures who have shaped the country's history. The second edition reflects changes in facts and figures since publication of the 1998 edition. In addition to the dictionary itself, the text contains three b&w maps; a chronology of key events from 5300-1550 B.C. through 2006; an introductory essay; and an extensive bibliography about the history of the Netherlands designed for scholars, students, and the general public interested in further study of the country and its people.
Reference Reviews
This new edition is particularly welcome in that it reflects the profound changes that have taken place in Dutch society since 1998....The publishers are to be congratulated on offering a work that brings together information on a wide range of topics in one handy volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810856271
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series, #55
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.87(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Joop W. Koopmans is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Groningen. Arend H. Huussen Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Groningen.

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