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

Call for Papers, SCSC, Albuquerque, NM 1-4 November 2018

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Call for Proposals

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is accepting proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its annual conference, 1-4 November 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Proposals that address any topic within “the long sixteenth century” are invited.  The submission deadline is 15 April, 2018.

Annual Lecture: The Cruelty of Freedom: A Dutch Republican Baroque and its Political Implications (University College London, January 11)

The Cruelty of Freedom: A Dutch Republican Baroque and its Political Implications
A lecture by Frans-Willem Korsten

Join us for the 2018 Centre for Low Countries Studies annual lecture. This year’s lecture will be given by Frans-Willem Korsten on ‘The Cruelty of Freedom: A Dutch Republican Baroque and its Political Implications’.

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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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