Who are the Dutch? Is it the Calvinistic religion, the drive for trade, the need to compromise with other nationalities or the threatening sea that defines their character? In this lecture political, social and cultural angles will merge together, with an emphasis on the ethical aspects. The focus will be on the last decades. From milkmaid Antje to the liberal opinion about soft drugs.


Prof. dr. James Kennedy is professor in Modern Dutch History at the University of Utrecht. He specialized in the post war history of the Netherlands. Kennedy is dean of University College Utrecht.


Moderator: prof. dr. ir. Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, associate professor of History of Science (UT) and professor of Early Modern Knowledge History (VU Amsterdam).


Tuesday 26 November, 12.30-14.00 hours



In cooperation with Veritas-Forum