This article is a progress report on the Dutch national conceptual history project. The project places emphasis on interdisciplinarity, the resort to the widest possible range of sources, and the prospect of international comparison. The initiative, started by a group of Dutch scholars in the 1990s, has so far focused on the concepts of liberty, fatherland, and citizenship, all of which have had a prominent role in a specifically Dutch political discourse.
Some Remarks on the Practice and Future of a Project
Karin Tilmans and Wyger Velema
Civilisation and beschaving
Pim den Boer
Building upon an introductory discussion on linguistic exchange - the problem of missing words - and the emergence of transnational concepts, this article consists of a comparative study of the history of the concept of civilisation in some major European languages and the concept of beschaving in Dutch, the closest translation to civilisation in that language. According to the author, the particular and independent conceptual evolution of beschaving should be in part explained by the early development of a modern socio-economic structure in Holland.
De geschiedenis van een begrip
Erfgoed: de geschiedenis van een begrip Amsterdam University Press, the Netherlands, 2007. Frans Grijzenhout (ed.). Volume 5 in the series Dutch History of Concepts, Amsterdam University Press
The article “Applying Begriffsgeschichte to Dutch History: Some Remarks on the Practice and Future of a Project” (Contributions to the History of Concepts, vol. 2, no. 1, March 2006, pp. 43-58) is based on a collective paper Wyger Velema and I wrote for the first HSPCG conference held at the Finnish Institute in London, June 1998. It contains therefore substantive parts written by him, and as this is not at all clear from the published article, I would very much herewith like to rectify this and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
An Historical Approach
Tom Verschaffel and Kaat Wils
The political use and instrumentalization of history is a central theme within the historiography of history education. Neither history nor education is a politically neutral domain; history education is and has always been a highly politicized phenomenon. For his recent article on the development of history education in England, Germany, and the Netherlands throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Dutch history didactician Arie Wilschut chose the significant title, “History at the Mercy of Politicians and Ideologies.” History education, Wilschut argues, has, in all three countries, continually—with a short break in the 1960s and 1970s—been instrumentalized by national politics to the detriment of unbiased interpretations of the past.
Marc Kropman, Carla van Boxtel, and Jannet van Drie
abilities, which include identifying aspects of continuity and change, causes, and consequences. Learning about multiperspectivity is an important aim of Dutch history education; pupils are expected to ascertain the positionality of historical actors and the
A History of the Concept of Separation of Church and State in the Netherlands
separation of church and state. 3 . Despite the attention on the separation of church and state in contemporary debates, surprisingly little is known about the history of the concept. What meaning(s) did separation of church and state have in Dutch history
. For the Dutch project, see the excellent overview in Karin Tilmans and Wyger Velema, “Applying Begriffsgeschichte to Dutch History: Some Remarks on the Practice and Future of a Project,” Contributions to the History of Concepts 2, no. 1: 43–58.
A History of Changing Meanings in an International Context
Hanneke Ronnes and Tamara Van Kessel
heritage of the people ( volk ); 51 in yet another article the love of the nation, as well as religion, is considered heritage. 52 In an article published in 1872 in De Standaard , the theme of (Dutch) history is similarly combined with a nationalistic
Laurent J.G. van der Maesen
livestock in order to reduce emissions. Farmers responded by clogging the streets of The Hague with tractors, creating what some described as the worst rush hour in Dutch history … [acknowledged is in Britain that] for years, officials and farmers did not