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(Rob van Ginkel) The Low Countries - 2001, № 9, pp. 116-123

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This essay focuses on the Dutch identity debate and on the attempts of intellectuals to promote national cohesion.Van Ginkel concludes his survey with the observation that discussion about Dutch individuality is always fed by fear on the one hand of a dilution of character by influences from the outside and on the other hand of threats from within as a consequence of Weltanschauung, political, regional and - recently - ethnic differentiation. Hence, consensus about what Dutch individuality currently includes was, and is, miles away.

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