Tag Archives: Dutch

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

18 Sep

A new movie sets its doomed entrepreneurs amidst 17th-century “tulipmania”—but historians of the phenomenon have their own bubble to burst. Read Lorraine Boissoneault’s report at the Smithsonian on historian Anne Goldgar’s work on tulipmania here: There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever | History | Smithsonian


Lions, the Dutch, and Maps

21 Jun

Back in the 16th century, the “Leo Belgicus” helped the Netherlands win a long war for independence. Read Cara Giaimo’s fascinating illustrated post about this here at Atlas Obscura: The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation – Atlas Obscura

Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remain

6 Apr

The traditional trade is in trouble in the Netherlands: Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remain | Smart News | Smithsonian

Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox

17 Dec

Historian Kristin Du Mez offers some wise words for us as Christmas nears: Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox – Anxious Bench

Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas

30 Nov

Historian Beth Allison Barr offers some historically-informed reflections on Christmas past and present. (Also, her reflections seem apropos Sinterklaas Day, which will soon be observed here in Orange City.) Read Barr’s Anxious Bench post here: Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas – Anxious Bench

New Orange and Anthony Colve–the Dutch New Netherlands You Have Never Heard Of

27 Oct

In the last days of Dutch control over Manhattan, a demagogic dictator seized the city, promising to keep unwanted foreigners at bay. The first step? Build a wall.

Source: The Man Who Vowed to Make New Amsterdam Great Again – Narratively

Why Are So Many Flags Red, White and Blue? (Part One)

17 Oct

One of the oldest flags in existence, the Dutch flag is also one of the most influential – providing a wealth of insight. In the sixteenth century William I, prince of Orange led the Dutch independence movement against the Spanish. His livery of orange, white and blue was worn by his troops at the siege of Leiden and quickly became the chosen colours of the Dutch nationalist movement.

So comments Daryl Worthington amidst his first post at NewHistorian exploring the history of red, white, and blue coloring in national flags: Why Are So Many Flags Red, White and Blue? (Part One)

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