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A Dialogue not a Directive. A Canon of Dutch History
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A Dialogue not a Directive. A Canon of Dutch History

(Bart Van der Straeten) The Low Countries - 2007, № 15, pp. 263-265

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In 2005 the Dutch Minister of Education Maria van der Hoeven set up a commission with the task of establishing a canon of Dutch history. Now that the canon is actually in existence, the initial sceptics seem rather more positively inclined. The canon was presented to the public on 16 October 2006: a list of 50 items, each of which offers an introduction to an important moment or an important trend in Dutch history. The Commission itself speaks of fifty ‘windows': from the very beginning the Commission's goal was to put together a canon that would encourage ‘dialogue' rather than imposing a ‘directive'.

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