Volume 133, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



This article serves as an introduction to the central theme of this special issue of : the way local, regional, and national authorities dealt with heritage in and after the Revolutionary Era. It argues that a focus on objects, collections, and archives in the Batavian-French period and the early years of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands can offer a new perspective on the Dutch Revolution and the transition from the Old Regime to the modern nation state. As the different case studies in this special issue show, the meaning and ownership of objects and archives were often highly contested. By studying the history of these historic objectives and the discussions around them the different contributions to this issue not only highlight the symbolic importance of heritage in the Revolutionary Era, but also the role of continuity and memory in the context of a rapidly changing social and political environment.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Archives; Heritage; Museum collections; Napoleon; Netherlands; Revolution
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