Academie voor Geschiedkundig Onderwijs

‘The Meaning of Life’ in the Dutch Golden Age


  Monty Python’s satire ‘The Meaning of Life’ is a modern portrayal of life divided up into segments and stages. In the Dutch Golden Age, moralists also recognized life to be a sequence of phases, each one with their own attributes. In the seventeenth century, the first self-help books included illustrations of the ‘Ladder of […]

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The Greats of World History


You are familiar with quite a number of faces from world history. Few of us don’t recognize the iconic picture of ‘Che’ Guevara by Alberto Korda and everyone has seen a picture of ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi … but who really matters in world history? …and why? What does the list of ‘Greats’ really look like? Historian […]

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Towards a new Cold War?

Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, second from right, and U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, second from left, shake hands outside the Hofdi at the start of a series of talks, Saturday, Oct. 11, 1986, Reykjavik, Iceland. The other men are unidentified. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Overview course of the history of the Cold War It was such a joyful moment, when the leaders of the capitalist and communist world powers finally shook hands. A very exciting period in world history had come to a positive end. The fall of the wall in 1989 and the disappearance of the communist ‘threat’ […]

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