Germanic Languages | The Golden Age of Dutch Culture
N450 | 26094 | Ham


Fall 2006 2nd 8 weeks
N450:  The Golden Age of Dutch Culture
Topic: the Dutch-America connection

Taught in English; no prerequisites.  Course open to graduates and
undergraduates.

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the
truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into
myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-
legged governor. The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen
colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was
cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade,
individual rights, and religious freedom. That is the way how the
Dutch-American link started. In this course, we will start at the
beginning of the 17th century, find out what happened to the Dutch
colony and how the relationship between the two countries developed
until the year 2006.

Grading will entail: several writing assignments, a paper and a
final. Class participation is a requirement for successful
completion of the course; therefore it also covers a solid part of
the grade.

Texts:
Russell Shorto, The island at the center of the world, Vintage
books, 2004,
ISBN 1-4000-7867-9
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