The Great War That Largely Passed Us by in the Netherlands
(M.C. Brands) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2014, № 22, PP. 94-105
The Great War is a blank spot in the historic consciousness of the Netherlands and was a watershed event for the whole of Europe. By not experiencing this trauma at first-hand, the Netherlands missed a crucial turning point in modern history. This also meant that the Dutch failed to perceive the Second World War as one of a series of disasters in what historians call the ‘short twentieth century’ (1914-1989).
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