Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland en Vlaanderen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 133, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



Following the success of the , 2018 saw the publication of the and . After the French example both volumes have three goals: to bring history to a wider audience; to give a global reading to the national past; and to offer a non-nationalist and non-teleological perspective. Eminently readable, both books succeed in their first goal. The second ambition is fulfilled by the , but in the the global dimension is underdeveloped. The verdict on their third aim is double-edged. Both volumes explicitly claim to be open-ended and reject traditional nationalist tropes, but several Dutch and – to a lesser extent – Flemish chapters have a subtext of banal nationalism. The genre of public history seems to be particularly susceptible to this type of teleology.


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