By Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Dr Gerdi Quist, Ulrich Tiedau

ISBN-10: 1910634298

ISBN-13: 9781910634295

All nations, areas and associations are finally equipped on a level of consensus, on a collective dedication to an idea, trust or price procedure. This consensus is constantly rephrased and reinvented via a story of team spirit and challenged through expressions of discontent and discord. The historical past of the Low international locations is characterized via either a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord, either internally and from exterior demanding situations. This interdisciplinary quantity explores consensus and discord in a Low international locations context alongside extensive cultural, linguistic and historic traces. Disciplines represented comprise early-modern and modern historical past; paintings background; movie; literature; and translation students from either the Low nations and past.

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Often, the worm is the subject of anatomical or biological studies. The worm reminds us of how marvellous is the construction of even the simplest organisms, and how delicately all functions are attuned to each other in the natural world. In religious poetry, the worm can remind the reader of man’s insignificance. He who studies the whole of creation is reminded that, within this gigantic whole, man is no more than a trifling worm. And after death, he in turn is consumed by worms. While worms are mostly highlighted as an indication of God’s benevolent way of ordering nature according to the needs of all creatures in the Great Chain of Being, the worm is also presented as a destabilising force.

21 Grattan’s synthesis drew on a wide range of sources in many lang­ uages (including Dutch, which he obviously mastered to some extent), combining acknowledgements to luminaries of European historio­ graphy such as Tacitus, Gibbon, Hume and Voltaire with references to work on the Netherlands by writers as diverse as Schiller, Barante, Wagenaar and the latter’s French abridger/​translator Cerisier, as well as local sources such as Oude Vriesche Wetten. His familiarity with local historiography is also evident from his reliance on such authors as L.

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