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Representing the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum and the History of the Fatherland
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Representing the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum and the History of the Fatherland

(Jo Tollebeek) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2015, № 23, pp 168-177

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The author visits the Rijksmuseum and examines to what extent it is, as a ‘Museum of the Netherlands’, a history museum as well as a place of art. How is the nation represented? He finds out that the ‘Museum of the Netherlands’ disseminates consensus round a joyful representation of the Republic and the modern Netherlands. Who but a handful of conscientious historians will deplore the fact that this representation is a fiction?

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