H-Low Countries strives to create an international community of scholars with diverse methodological approaches, archival experiences, teaching styles, and intellectual traditions. The primary purpose is to develop an international network for discussion and collaboration on issues and ideas relevant to the study of the Low Countries as a whole and to the different national histories in particular.

Call for Reviewers--and books!

H-Low Countries is actively recruiting reviewers for its book reviews program. Our current roster of reviewers is weighted somewhat heavily towards the history of the early modern period, New Netherland, and the Holocaust. There are some exciting recent titles that we would like to have reviewed, for example in postcolonial studies. If interested in becoming a reviewer, please see the original CFR for details: https://networks.h-net.org/node/7833/discussions/69501/call-reviewers

Additionally, if you are a publisher and would like to suggest a title for review, please contact us and we can try to match the book to a qualified reviewer. We have reviewers who can review books written in Dutch, German, and other languages. The inventory of books that are sent to H-Net for review and suitable for H-Low Countries is rather small at present and does not appear to contain Dutch presses.

Finally, if you have already contacted us to be a reviewer but have not yet received an assignment, please be patient. We are slowly but surely making assignments. If you wish to review and expand your listed areas of expertise, you may contact us directly.

Recent Discussions

In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met Fifth Avenue

Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century—the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer—have been a highlight of The Met collection since the Museum's founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition brings together some of the Museum's greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women.

New Directions on the 'Early Dutch'

The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York will host the New Netherland Institute's 42nd Annual Conference of on October 5, 2019.

The New Netherland Institute has confirmed the following six speakers for the conference:

Ian Stewart will look beyond form and style to present Netherlandish architecture as material culture and reveal the intricacies of the lives lived within those buildings.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Hylke Faber, Pieter Stolk, eds.
Reviewer: 
Jazmine Contreras

Contreras on Faber and Stolk, 'Escaping Occupied Europe: A Dutchman's Dangerous Journey to Join the Allies'

Hylke Faber, Pieter Stolk, eds. Escaping Occupied Europe: A Dutchman's Dangerous Journey to Join the Allies. Barnsley: Pen and Sword Books, 2018. 152 pp. $22.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-5267-4123-3.

Reviewed by Jazmine Contreras (Department of History, University of Minnesota) Published on H-Low-Countries (June, 2019) Commissioned by Nicolaas P. Barr

Author: 
J. van den Hout
Reviewer: 
Christine Kooi

Kooi on Hout, 'Adriaen van der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America'

J. van den Hout. Adriaen van der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2018. xvi + 203 pp. $27.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4384-6922-5.

Reviewed by Christine Kooi (LSU) Published on H-Low-Countries (December, 2018) Commissioned by Hubert P. Van Tuyll (Georgia Regents University)

Author: 
Friso Wielenga
Reviewer: 
Mark Meuwese

Meuwese on Wielenga, 'A History of the Netherlands: From the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day'

Friso Wielenga. A History of the Netherlands: From the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day. Translated from the Dutch by Lynne Richards. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. Illustrations, maps. 344 pp. $29.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4725-6959-2; $114.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4725-6960-8.

Reviewed by Mark Meuwese (University of Winnipeg) Published on H-Low-Countries (October, 2017) Commissioned by Hubert P. Van Tuyll

Author: 
Debra Higgs Strickland
Reviewer: 
Kimberlee Cloutier-Blazzard

Cloutier-Blazzard on Strickland, 'The Epiphany of Hieronymus Bosch: Imagining Antichrist and Others from the Middle Ages to the Reformation'

Debra Higgs Strickland. The Epiphany of Hieronymus Bosch: Imagining Antichrist and Others from the Middle Ages to the Reformation. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History Series. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2016. Illustrations. 301 pp. $143.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-909400-55-9.

Author: 
Gloria Wekker
Reviewer: 
Jessica V. Roitman

Roitman on Wekker, 'White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race'

Gloria Wekker. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. xiii + 226 pp. $23.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8223-6075-9.

Reviewed by Jessica V. Roitman (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)) Published on H-Low-Countries (May, 2017) Commissioned by Nicolaas P. Barr Clingan

White Innocence

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