Anne-Goaitske Breteler wrote a short story inspired by a letter written in response to the abolition of slavery on the French side of Sint Maarten.
Jens Meijen wrote a poem inspired by a contract from 1706 between a plantation owner and a painter.
History of the Netherlands
Four leading Dutch historians call for insights from the past to be used to defeat today's pandemic.
Our selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
Our Colonial Legacy
At the end of the first millennium, an agricultural revolution was about to change the lives of the peasants in the Low Countries.
Pelumi Adejumo gives a voice to a collar from 1689 bearing the coat of arms of William of Orange.
Migration, the Other Way Around
After the collapse of Charlemagne's empire at the end of the 9th century, the lowlands became the playground for many family feuds.
Marie Borremans wrote a poem inspired by a letter from Pieter Mortamer, commander in Luanda, addressed to Johan Maurits, the then governor-general of Dutch Brazil.
Back in the 1960s, the Germans had their VWs, the Italians their Fiat 500s, the French the Citroën 2CVs, and the Dutch? A sensible car called the DAF.
Huib Billiet Adriaansen wrote an exciting book about the shared history of Cuba and Belgium since the early sixteenth century.
Chris Lomans gives a voice to machetes from the early 19th century that were intended for sugar cane plantations.
After having stood empty for 22 years, the Antwerp Stock Exchange building or the Handelsbeurs, opened to the public again.
Between the two world wars, a strange kind of snobbery arose among the Colombian elite: the siren call of distant Brussels.
Ellis Meeusen took inspiration from the 1863 law, drawn up by King Willem III, that set out the Netherlands’ official abolition of slavery in Suriname.
Bart Decroos wrote a short story inspired by a 1708 drawing by Dirk Valkenburg, entitled ‘View of a Mill and Cook-house on a Plantation in Surinam’.
Our selection of recent university press publications in English on the Low Countries.
Babeth Fonchie wrote a poem inspired by old wooden stocks and matching iron shackles.
On our journey exploring the history of the Low Countries, we can't forget the 'Father of Europe': Charlemagne or Charles the Great.
The architect of the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station made an active contribution to the emancipation of the Catholic church in the Netherlands.
The Ghent-born American inventor of Bakelite brought science and industry closer together.