Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations


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General Introduction
Hans Krabbendam
Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations,1609–2009: A Major Contribution to Atlantic History
Cornelis A. Van Minnen and Giles Scott-Smith
Chronology of Dutch-American Relations

1. Colonial Period and Eighteenth Century 1609–1782
Introduction: The Dutch, New Netherland, and Thereafter (1609–1780s)
Willem Frijhoff and Jaap Jacobs
Images of America in the Low Countries until the Seventeenth Century
Michiel van Groesen
The Dutch in the Atlantic
Wim Klooster
New Netherland: The Formative Years, 1609–1632
Charles T. Gehring
Migration, Population, and Government in New Netherland
Jaap Jacobs

Economic Networks of Dutch Traders and the British Colonial Empire
Cathy Matson
The Waning of Dutch New York
Simon Middleton
The Social and Cultural Life of Dutch Settlers, 1664–1776
Joyce D. Goodfriend
Dutch Political Identity in English New York
David W. Voorhees
Dutch Jurisprudence in New Netherland shattuck and New York
Martha Dickinson
The Dutch and Their Religion
Fred van Lieburg
Dutch Language and Literature in the United States
Jan Noordegraaf
Intercultural Relations between Native Americans and Europeans in New Netherland and New York
Paul Otto
Intercultural Relations between Europeans and John Thornton and Blacks in New Netherland
Linda Heywood
The Dutch Republic and the Creation of the United States
Wayne te Brake

2. The Nineteenth Century
From Distant Images to Closer Relations: The Netherlands and the United States during the Nineteenth Century
Wim van den Doel
Images of Dutchness in the United States
Annette Stott

The Dutch-American Political Elite in New York State
Firth Haring Fabend
Dutch-American Diplomatic Relations
Cornelis A. Van Minnen
American Trade with the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies
Jeroen Touwen
Dutch Investments in the United States
Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr.
The New Immigration
Robert P. Swierenga
Dutch Pioneers and Native Americans
Pieter Hovens
Transatlantic Transportation and Travelers’ Experiences
George Harinck and Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr.
Religious Exchange in the Dutch-American Network
George Harinck
Dutch Social Reformers’ Perceptions of American Reform
Maartje Janse
The Reception of American Literature in the Netherlands
Hans Bak
Artistic Affinities: New-World Painters Recast the Golden Age
Nancy T. Minty
Dutch-American Identity during the Civil War and the Boer War
Michael Douma
Dutch-American Material Culture
Annette Stott

3. The Period of the World Wars 1914–1945
Toward a Community of Interests: The Netherlands and the United States between the World Wars
Doeko Bosscher
Dutch-American Relations during World War I
Hubert P. van Tuyll
Dutch Perceptions of American Culture and Promotion of Dutch Culture in the United States
Cornelis A. van Minnen
American Influences on Dutch Material Culture and Product Design
J. W. Drukker & Timo de Rijk
American Influences on Dutch Architecture and Urban Design
Herman van Bergeijk
The Reception of American Literature in the Netherlands, 1900–1950
Hans Bak
American Movies Reach the Netherlands
Karel Dibbets and Thunnis van Oort
The Netherlands and Classical Music in America
Frits Zwart
The Introduction of Jazz in the Netherlands
Kees Wouters
The United States and the Netherlands during the Great Depression
Janny de Jong
American Diplomatic Perspectives
Frances Gouda

The Netherlands, the United States, and the International Political Culture
Michael Riemens
Dutch Companies in the United States and American Companies in the Netherlands
Ferry de Goey
Dutch-American Relations during World War II
Albert Kersten
Crossing Borders: Americans and the Liberation of the Netherlands
Wim Klinkert

4. The Cold War and Beyond 1945–2009
Politics and Security
The Politics of Asymmetry: The Netherlands and the United States since 1945
Duco Hellema
The Netherlands, the United States, and Anticommunism during the Early Cold War
Paul Koedijk
Decolonization and Dutch-American Relations
Marc Frey
Bilateral Defense Cooperation in an Atlantic Perspective, 1945–1970
Ine Megens
The United States, the Netherlands, and the Establishment of the United Nations
Peter R. Baehr
Dutch and U.S. Assessments of European Political Integration
Jan van der Harst
Dutch Left-Wing Political Parties and Nato
Frank Zuijdam
Embassies and Ambassadors in The Hagueand Washington
Giles Scott-Smith and Bert van der Zwan
Dutch-American Intelligence Relations
Bob de Graaff
Dutch-American Relations and the Vietnam War
Rimko van der Maar
The Netherlands, the United States, and the Helsinki Process, 1972–1989
Floribert Baudet
Dutch-American Relations during the Second Cold War
Hans Righolt
American and Dutch Policies toward the Reorientation of nato after the Cold War
Bram Boxhoorn
Peacekeeping and the War on Terror, 1989–2007
Christ Klep

5. The Cold War and Beyond 1945–2009
Economics and Society
The Netherlands, the United States, and the Development of a Postwar International Economy
Bob Reinalda
The Marshall Plan and the Modernization of Dutch Society
Frank Inklaar
Trading Economics across the Atlantic :Jan Tinbergen and Milton Friedman
Harry P. van Dalen and Arjo Klamer

U. S. Multinationals in the Netherlands: The Cases of IBM, Dow Chemical, and Sara Lee
Ben Wubs
Dutch Multinationals in the United States: The Cases of Philips, Shell, and Unilever
Mira Wilkins
The Bilderberg Group and Dutch-American Relations
Thomas Gijswijt
The Transfer of Mobility: The Emergence of a Car Society in the Netherlands
Gijs Mom
Suburbia as the New Frontier: A Story of Dutch and American Convergence
Koos Bosma
Ambivalent Solidarity: Sixty Years of Dutch-American Trade Union Relations
Tom Etty
Corporate Governance: The Polder Model and the Anglo-Saxon Model
John Groenewegen
The Netherlands, the United States,& mathieu segers Germany, and European Integration in the 1950s and 1960s
Joost Kleuters
The Dutch and the Americans in the Bretton Woods Institutions
Age F. P. Bakker
The Economic Influence of the United States in Suriname
Jerome Egger
U. S. Ideology and the Founding of Business Schools in the Netherlands
Peter van Baalen
U. S. Advertising Strategies in the Netherlands
Wilbert Schreurs
Dutch-American Cooperation in WaterManagement
Dirk Dekkers and Taco Westerhuis
6. The Cold War and Beyond 1945–2009
Cultural Developments in the Dutch-American Relationship since 1945
James C. Kennedy
Dutch Impressions of America
Rob Kroes
Anne Frank in the United States and in the Netherlands
David Barnouw
Dutch Cultural Policy in the United States
David J. Snyder
American Studies in the Netherlands
Giles Scott-Smith
American Practices in Dutch Sociology, 1945–1968
Tity de Vries
Dutch Emigration to the United States
Enne Koops
Beyond the Blue Horizon: Tourism and Travel
Marc Dierikx
The American Impact on Dutch Religion
Hans Krabbendam
Americanizing Trends in Dutch Prose and Poetry
Jaap van der Bent and Bertram Mourits
American Popular Music in the Netherlands
Lutgard Mutsaers
Contemporary Dutch Cinema and Hollywood
Jaap Kooijman
The Presence and Impact of Dutch Painters
Gail Levin
American Modern Art in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Jan van Adrichem
North Atlantic Dance Relations
Onno F. Stokvis
A Transatlantic Debate about Diversity and National Identity
Jaap Verheul
List of Maps and Graphics
List of Contributors
Copyright of Illustrations

A comprehensive history of bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the United States.


Since Henry Hudson landed on Manhattan in 1609, the peoples of the Netherlands and North America have been inextricably linked. Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, written by a team of nearly one hundred Dutch and American scholars, is the first book to offer a comprehensive history of this bilateral relationship. This volume covers the main paths of contacts, conflicts, and common plans, from the first exploratory contacts in the early seventeenth century to the intense and multifaceted exchanges in the early twenty-first. Based on the most up-to-date research, Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations will be for years to come a valuable and much-used reference work for anyone interested in the history and culture of the United States and the Netherlands and the larger transatlantic interdependent framework in which they are embedded.

Hans Krabbendam is Assistant Director of the Roosevelt Study Center and the author of The Model Man: A Life of Edward William Bok, 1863–1930. Cornelis A. van Minnen is Director of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands, as well as Professor of American History at Ghent University, Belgium, and the author of Van Loon: Popular Historian, Journalist, and FDR Confidant. Giles Scott-Smith is Senior Researcher at the Roosevelt Study Center and Ernst H. van der Beugel Professor of Diplomatic History of Atlantic Cooperation at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and the author of Networks of Empire: The U. S. State Department's Foreign Leader Program in the Netherlands, France, and Britain, 1950–1970.


"The contributors cover almost every conceivable subject … [a] very valuable source on 400 years of US-Dutch relations. " — CHOICE

"From wooden ships to microchips, from New Amsterdam to New York City, this volume provides a deep scholarly overview of the 400-year sweep of Dutch-American connections. It has the excellent benefit of being both broad in its range and deep in its individual entries. " — Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America