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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 33.1 (April 2009)

1 April 2009

Dutch Crossing: Journal of Lwo Countries Studies

With this first issue in a new form Dutch Crossing is entering its 33rd year of publication. We have changed publishers and used the occasion to completely overhaul the journal (for more detail see Ulrich Tiedau's editorial). One of the most fundamental developments is that Dutch Crossing from this year onwards will be available both in print and online, via IngentaConnect, one of the large journal aggregators.

This first number in a new form reflects the international and interdisciplinary orientation of Dutch Crossing. While Susan Broomhall and Jennifer Spinks (Melbourne/Perth) use Rembrandt’s 400th anniversary in 2006 to investigate the relationship between historical scholarship and the tourism industry’s use of heritage sites and history to attract visitors from all over the world, shedding light on the so far under-researched role of tourism as a source of identity formation both in the past and today, Marjorie Rubright’s (Toronto) article on the Anglo-Dutch exchange urges a reconsideration of the focus on the proximate cultural relations between the English
and Dutch across geographic borders. Her article, focusing on the Anglo-Dutch Royal Exchange from 1565, attends to the various ways in which London’s early-modern Dutch expatriate community and its material culture shaped notions of Anglo-Dutch cultural exchange from within England’s borders instead.

Maarten Hell’s and Peter Illing’s contributions address previously under-researched areas of diplomatic history from very different angles. Whereas Maarten Hell (The Hague) approaches Franco-Dutch relations from the perspective of a new field of diplomatic history which incorporates the study of ‘otherness’ and cultural transfer as factors in diplomacy — his account of the embassy of Charles Faye, French ambassador to the Hague from 1624–1628, carefully unfolds the role of personality, intellectual and national background for the success or failure of individual diplomatic missions, contrasting Faye with his English counterpart, Dudley Carlton —, Peter Illing (Cambridge) concentrates on neglected aspects of late eighteenth-century European diplomacy.

His article challenges the conventional notion that the Continent was split into two largely unconnected spheres, east and west. Using the example of the short-lived Brabant Revolution in the Southern Netherlands of 1789/90, he explains how European diplomacy regarding Belgian independence turned upon the connections between the ‘Eastern’ and the ‘Western Question’, two so far supposedly separate spheres, particularly visible in the case of Prussia whose role as a regional hegemon in the Low Countries in this decade has frequently been overlooked compared with the part it played in the partitions of Poland.

Ulrich Tiedau

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