By Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Dr Gerdi Quist, Ulrich Tiedau
All nations, areas and associations are eventually outfitted on a level of consensus, on a collective dedication to an idea, trust or worth procedure. This consensus is consistently rephrased and reinvented via a story of harmony and challenged by means of expressions of discontent and discord. The historical past of the Low international locations is characterized by way of either a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord, either internally and from exterior demanding situations. This interdisciplinary quantity explores consensus and discord in a Low international locations context alongside large cultural, linguistic and old traces. Disciplines represented contain early-modern and modern background; paintings heritage; movie; literature; and translation students from either the Low international locations and past.
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In this way, he may develop wise policy. Van der Pot hopes the stadtholder will blossom into a tall tree, for each and every one to live safely under his branches. In his country house poem, Van der Pot weaves the bloody division from the past of the Dutch Republic into the fabric of the natural country world, thus reconciling the opposing parties. In the past, wars have passed over the country as a destructive tempest, but now the skies are clear again. In this way, Van der Pot’s country house poem constitutes a literary place for meeting and reconciliation of the two rival political factions.
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In his prestigious and authoritative General History of the Netherlands of 1954, his colleague and contemporary, the historian Ph. org/terms 25 still suggest a certain development. ’7 In order to give a reason for this huge void –to show how, after the glorious seventeenth century, the eighteenth century brought literature down to rock bottom –historians reach back to explanations from the eighteenth century itself. With references to authors such as the early eighteenth-century journalist Justus van Effen, they keep on blaming the presumed moral decline of eighteenth-century Dutchmen.