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

H-Low Countries is actively recruiting reviewers for its book reviews program. Please see the original CFR for details: https://networks.h-net.org/node/7833/discussions/69501/call-reviewers

Recent Discussions

H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report for H-Low Countries: 4 April - 18 April

The following is an edited compilation of jobs posted to the H-Net Job Guide from 4 April 2016 to 18 April 2016. See the H-Net Job Guide website at http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ for more information and complete listings.


EUROPEAN HISTORY / STUDIES

Lecture: "Spice Use in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands," April 16, 2016 at the Peabody Essex Museum

On April 16 food historian Peter Rose will be giving a lecture entitled "Spice Use in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands". The lecture will be given at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts as part of a Public Study Day in conjunction with the exhibit "Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age." For more information please refer to the Peabody Essex Museum website at

Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age---Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum until June 5, 2016

Amsterdam in the 17th century was a vibrant city with global connections. The largest and most powerful trade and shipping company in the world, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) filled Dutch homes with Asian porcelain, lacquer, sumptuous textiles, diamonds and spices. Inspired by these novel imports, Dutch potters, textile designers and jewelers created works of art we now perceive as distinctly Dutch.

MLA2017: Boundary Conditions in Netherlandish Literature, Language and Culture (Philadelphia, Jan 2017)

Boundary Conditions in Netherlandish Literature, Language and Culture

5–8 January 2017, Philadelphia

A session organized by the MLA Dutch Forum

Chair: Johannes Burgers (Queensborough Community College, NY)

Negotiating Intergenerational cultural Boundaries in Moroccan-Dutch Writing
Ahmed Idrissi Alami (Purdue University)

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Bernard Wasserstein
Reviewer: 
Mark Meuwese

Meuwese on Wasserstein, 'The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews'


Bernard Wasserstein. The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014. 352 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-28138-7.

Reviewed by Mark Meuwese (University of Winnipeg)
Published on H-Low-Countries (January, 2016)
Commissioned by Nicolaas P. Barr Clingan

Revisiting Dutch-Jewish Responses to Nazism

Author: 
Marc Saperstein
Reviewer: 
Susan R. Boettcher

Boettcher on Saperstein, 'Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira's Sermons to a Congregation of "New Jews"'


Marc Saperstein. Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi Morteira's Sermons to a Congregation of "New Jews". Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2005. xxii + 585 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-87820-457-1.

Reviewed by Susan R. Boettcher (Department of History, University of Texas at Austin)
Published on H-Low-Countries (August, 2008)

Preaching in Spinoza's Amsterdam

Author: 
Maurits Ebben, eds., Simon Groenveld
Reviewer: 
Peter Illing

Illing on Ebben, 'De Scheldedelta als verbinding en scheiding tussen Noord en Zuid, 1500-1800'


Maurits Ebben, eds., Simon Groenveld. De Scheldedelta als verbinding en scheiding tussen Noord en Zuid, 1500-1800. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing, 2007. 105 pp. EUR 36 (paper), ISBN 978-90-423-0326-3.

Reviewed by Peter Illing (Christ's College, Cambridge)
Published on H-Low-Countries (January, 2008)

The Forgotten Border

Author: 
Julia Adams
Reviewer: 
Susan R. Boettcher

Boettcher on Adams, 'The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe'


Julia Adams. The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. xi + 235 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8014-3308-5.

Reviewed by Susan R. Boettcher (Department of History University of Texas at Austin)
Published on H-Low-Countries (November, 2007)

Historical Sociology vs. History

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