The Wadden Sea Region is comprised of the embanked coastal marshes and islands in the Wadden Sea near Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. This area retains an exceptional common history in all its aspects: archaeologically, economically, socially, and culturally. Its settlement history of more than two thousand years is unrivalled and still mirrored in the landscape. Even though it has never constituted a political unity, it still shares a landscape and cultural heritage. For example, the approaches to water management and associated societal organization developed in the region during the last millennium have set significant world standards. This book offers an overview of current research on history, landscape and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea region.
Linde Egberts is cultural historian and geographer, specialized in the role of heritage in regional identities in contemporary Europe. She works as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher Heritage Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and as a coordinator of the Research Group Heritage & Environment of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development.
Meindert Schroor is a freelance geographer and historian active at his own Bureau Varenius in Leeuwarden. Active since 1976 in researching on landscape, urban history, demography, water management, and cartography, he developed into the most prolific researcher and writer on cultural history in the Northern Netherlands. He is a member of the board of the Dutch Waddenacademie (Wadden Academy) on the portfolio Society and Cultural History.