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King Willem-Alexander receives first copy of Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland

This week Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland (World History of the Netherlands) is being published. A great overview of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands that throws new light on our national history. On Wednesday 29 August, King Willem-Alexander received the symbolic first copy during a visit to Huygens ING.

‘Forget about what you have learned about the Dutch history at school. By focusing on international relations and comparisons, our image of the past has thoroughly changed over the past decades. The past has been radically renewed,’ chief editor Lex Heerma of Voss writes in his foreword. Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland tells the international and timeless story of our history; from prehistoric Krijn, to Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten. More than a hundred Dutch historians – from young to old, from up-and-coming to widely praised – speak in this book about divergent and often controversial subjects.

IMG_0255 lowresThis unique book provides a surprising international view of the course of the history of our country and shows how much Dutch history is connected to the world through countless developments and events. Packed with the latest insights from national and international historiography, Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland is a richly illustrated standard work that provides food for thought about the international roots of our national identity.

The ambitious project was edited by Marjolein ‘t Hart, Marijcke Schillings, Karel Davids, Karwan Fatah-Black, Leo Lucassen, Jeroen Touwen and editor-in-chief Lex Heerma van Voss. With contributions from renowned scientists such as Beatrice de Graaf, Lotte Jensen, Leo Lucassen and Nicoline van der Sijs, and upcoming names like Feike Dietz, Nina Geerdink, Ronald Kroeze and Melvin Wevers, Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland offers a unique sample of what the Netherlands has to offer. historiography has to offer. On Friday 31 August the book will be officially presented at De Balie, Amsterdam.