How European is Dutch Culture?
(Theo D'haen) The Low Countries - 2005, № 13, pp. 254-256
On 28 October 2004 a series of books entitled ‘Dutch Culture in a European Perspective'was launched at DeBuren, the Flemish-Netherlands House in Brussels. The books in this series are not only highly informative, they also make for thoroughly enjoyable reading. The scholarly discourse is regularly leavened by striking anecdotes, whether from the everyday life of the common man or the life of the nation in its official celebrations. Long-standing stereotypes are debunked, or at least re-evaluated. All in all, this series is a superb illustration of how Europe's various constituent cultures continually, and fruitfully, interact within the wider space of what ultimately can only be called a shared European culture. (Dutch Culture in a European Perspective. The Significant Moments in the History of the Netherlands: 1650, 1800, 1900, 1950 and 1650 - 2000 (ed. D. Fokkema). Assen, 2004)
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