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

CFP When the nation is not enough. Democratic rights on the global stage, 1870-1970, Leiden, The Netherlands, 14-16 January 2016

Democratic rights are often conceived of, and have developed, in national frameworks. However, not all groups within the nation state have always felt they could stake their claims sufficiently on the national stage. In order to make their claims heard and increase their legitimacy they appealed to the international stage, a phenomenon that Keck and Sikkink call the boomerang effect. This workshop aims to contribute to this literature by investigating the connections between scales of mobilisation.

Russell Shorto's Review of Michael Pye's The Edge of the World

In his recent review of Michael Pye's new work The Edge of the World, which appeared in the New York Times, Russell Shorto notes that Pye broadens the idea of a "Dutch contribution" to western history. The Germanic tribes, Shorto writes, "along with others in present-day Scandinavia, Belgium, and the Netherlands, pushed European civilization onward, inventing or reinventing concepts, coining new terms and new ways of seeing." To read the entire review go to the following link:

Free Three-Part Workshop: Teaching Dutch Colonial History (August 8, October 1, December 10)

This three-part workshop, offered by the New Netherland Institute in conjunction with the New York State Museum, the New York State Archives and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, aims to give teachers of fourth and seventh grades a thorough grounding in the history of New Netherland and best practices for teaching it to students.


Recent Reviews