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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Historical Writing in the Low Countries

Historical Writing in the Low Countries

(p.283) Chapter 14 Historical Writing in the Low Countries
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Jo Tollebeek

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This chapter describes how following Napoleon's defeat in 1815, the Low Countries were reunited in a ‘United Kingdom of the Netherlands’ and became the ‘Southern Netherlands’. This chapter states that in order to integrate the Northern and Southern Netherlands, which had grown apart since the 16th century, King William I organized an open competition in 1826 and invited the nation's historians and men of letters to draw up a detailed plan for a general history of the Netherlands. The one who presented the best outline would have the right to use the title ‘State History-Writer’. In the process, it was discovered that a large proportion of the source material for the history of the Netherlands had been scarcely examined or processed.

Keywords:   Low Countries, Southern Netherlands, King William I, Netherlands, State History-Writer, United Kingdom of the Netherlands

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