Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations


Edited by Hans Krabbendam, Cornelis A. van Minnen, and Giles Scott-Smith

Subjects: American History, International Relations, European History, European Studies
Hardcover : 9781438430133, 1190 pages, September 2009

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Table of contents

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 Litera

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