History Books

History Books

Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700–2000
UCL Press

For two and a half balmy days in September 2014, the 10th International
Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) took
place at University College London, kindly supported by the Nederlandse
Taalunie (Dutch Language Union).1
Accompanied by readings from
award-winning poet Ester Naomi Perquin, in part inspired by her experiences
of conflict as a Dutch prison warden,2
and a show-and-tell session
with impressive items from peaceful and less-peaceful times in the history
of the Low Countries, held by Marja Kingma, the curator of Dutch
and Flemish collections at the British Library,3
the conference brought
together researchers from the UK, the Low Countries and further afield
(from Budapest to Berkeley), exploring the theme of discord and consensus
in the Low Countries through the centuries.

Danish Reactions to German Occupation
UCL Press

For five years during World War II, Denmark was occupied by Germany. While the Danish reaction to this period of its history has been extensively discussed in Danish-language publications, it has not until now received a thorough treatment in English. Set in the context of modern Danish foreign relations, and tracing the country’s responses to

David Gorlaeus (1591-1612) : An Enigmatic Figure in the History of Philosophy and Science
Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam

When David Gorlaeus (1591-1612) passed away at 21 years of age, he left behind two highly innovative manuscripts. Once they were published, his work had a remarkable impact on the evolution of seventeenth-century thought. However, as his identity was unknown, divergent interpretations of their meaning quickly sprang

War of Words : Dutch Pro-Boer Propaganda and the South African War (1899-1902)
Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam

Between 1899 and 1902 the Dutch public was captivated by the war raging in South Africa between the Boer republics and the British Empire. Dutch popular opinion was on the side of the Boers: these descendants of the seventeenth-century Dutch settlers were perceived as kinsmen, the most tangible result of which was a flood of

Decolonising the Caribbean : Dutch Policies in a Comparative Perspective
Amsterdam University Press

Much has been written on the post-war decolonisation in the Caribbean, but rarely from a truly comparative perspective, and seldom with serious attention to the former Dutch colonies of Surinam, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. This study bridges both gaps. In their analysis of Dutch decolonisation policies since the 1940s, the

Europe – on Air : Interwar Projects for Radio Broadcasting
Amsterdam University Press

Radio broadcasting may seem old-fashioned nowadays, but early radio infrastructures and programs in Europe were the real social media of their time. They laid the foundation for how we experience European unification and global interconnectedness today. This timely volume takes you on a tour through the early days of

Material Fantasies : Expectations of the Western Consumer World among the East Germans
Amsterdam University Press

This study of East German fantasies of material abundance across the border, both before and after the fall of communism, shows the close and intricate relation between ideology and fantasy in upholding social life. In 1989, news broadcasts all over the world were dominated for weeks by images of East Germans crossing the Berlin

Divided Dreamworlds? : The Cultural Cold War in East and West
Amsterdam University Press

While the divide between capitalism and communism, embodied in the image of the Iron Curtain, seemed to be as wide and definitive as any cultural rift, Giles Scott-Smith, Joes Segal, and Peter Romijn have compiled a selection of essays on how culture contributed to the blurring of ideological boundaries between the East and

South Asian Partition Fiction in English : From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh
Amsterdam University Press

South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh explores a significant cross-section of South Asian fiction in English written on the theme of Partition from the mid-1950s to the late 1980s, and shows how the Partition novel in English traverses a very interesting trajectory during this period – from just

Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market: Profits From an Unfree Work Regime in Colonial Java
Amsterdam University Press

Coffee has been grown on Java for the commercial market since the early eighteenth century, when the Dutch East India Company began buying from peasant producers in the Priangan highlands. What began as a commercial transaction, however, soon became a system of compulsory production. This book shows how the Dutch East India Company mobilised land and labour, why they turned to force cultivation, and what effects the brutal system they installed had on the economy and society.