A Tiny Spot on the Earth
A Tiny Spot on the Earth
The Political Culture of the Netherlands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Vivien Collingwood
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Introduction Chapter 1: The first Constitution, 1798 Chapter 2: The structuring of a Nation-State, 1813 Chapter 3: The rise of a parliamentary democracy, 1848 Chapter 4. The construction of the first political party, 1879 Chapter 5: Socialism and Feminism around 1900: the complexities of ideology Chapter 6: The functioning of a pillarized-corporative system, 1930 Chapter 7: The cultural revolution of the sixties Chapter 8: Losing a balance: populism, 2002 Epilogue

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"Anyone with an interest in Dutch political history will enjoy this book. It does not only offer a novel take, but it is also engagingly written, filled with interesting anecdotes and vivid descriptions. As such, the book is much more accessible than many academic texts that sometimes lose their punch in the weeds of academic jargon, theorization, and methodological reflections."
- Edward Anthony Koning, Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies, Vol. 42, Iss. 1

Piet de Rooy

A Tiny Spot on the Earth

The Political Culture of the Netherlands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

In this survey of the Dutch political culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Piet de Rooy reveals that the 'polder model' often used to describe economic and social policymaking based on consensus is a myth. Instead, modern political culture in the Dutch Low Countries began with a revolution and is rife with rivalries among political and ideological factions. De Rooy argues that because of its extremely open economy, the country is vulnerable to external political, cultural, and economic pressures, and Dutch politics is a balancing act between profiting from international developments and maintaining sovereignty. The sudden rise of populism and Euroscepticism at the turn of the millennium, then, indicated a loss of this balance. Shining new light on the political culture of the Netherlands, this book provides insights into the polder model and the principles of pillarization in Dutch society.

The Dutch edition of this book, Ons stipje op de wereldkaart, was awarded the Prinsjesboekenprijs for the best book on Dutch national politics in 2014.
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Piet de Rooy

Piet de Rooy (1944) is professor emeritus of modern dutch history at the University of Amsterdam.