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Decent Dutchness. The Dutch Historical Canon and the Instrumentalization of the Past

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In the context of fiercely debated integration problems and Dutch national identity issues, the Dutch government demanded the construction of a historical canon. In this paper, we show how the past is instrumentalized for national-identity construction by the government. Moreover, we analyse the highly ambivalent attitude of the professional historians, first rejecting the political instrumentalization of the past, followed by an ambiguous embracement of nevertheless doing so. We suggest this ambiguity towards history should be understood as emanating from a specific Dutch national self-image: “decent Dutchness”.

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Duyvendak, Jan. and Kesic, Josip. "Decent Dutchness. The Dutch Historical Canon and the Instrumentalization of the Past" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 20, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506094_index.html>

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Duyvendak, J. W. and Kesic, J. , 2011-08-20 "Decent Dutchness. The Dutch Historical Canon and the Instrumentalization of the Past" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506094_index.html

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Abstract: In the context of fiercely debated integration problems and Dutch national identity issues, the Dutch government demanded the construction of a historical canon. In this paper, we show how the past is instrumentalized for national-identity construction by the government. Moreover, we analyse the highly ambivalent attitude of the professional historians, first rejecting the political instrumentalization of the past, followed by an ambiguous embracement of nevertheless doing so. We suggest this ambiguity towards history should be understood as emanating from a specific Dutch national self-image: “decent Dutchness”.


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