mw. drs. M.E. (Marianne) Groep-Foncke


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Bezoekadres
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • M.E.Groep-Foncke@uva.nl

Comitatus Hollandiae Tabula by Nicolaas Visscher (1682)

Research project

Marianne Groep-Foncke is a PhD candidate working on a project called The use and appreciation of water in seventeenth century Holland. In this era the county of Holland saw many changes. An economic boom set off the growth of cities like Leiden and Amsterdam, increasing the strain on urban water supplies. In Holland's northern quarter lakes were drained and made into polders. At the same time the area covered with lakes increased in the south of Holland, due to peat mining. Access to harbours and waterways was important, for a lot of money could be made by overseas and inland trade. Also, the sea had become a place where wars were fought.

How did seventeenth century inhabitants of Holland think about water? Did they identify water-related threats or opportunities? Did they consider water a nuisance, an indispensability or a bit of both? And how did they cope with conflicting interests?

Short biography

Marianne Groep-Foncke (1976) graduated cum laude as a MA from the History department of Leiden University in 1998. She had a professional career as an archivist and set up a small business as a writer-cum-editor, writing among others for Anno and the Wereldtijdpad (World history walking trail). The writing of two popular history books, Leven langs de liniedijk (2014) and De oproep. Een Nederlandse 'gastarbeider' in Duitsland 1942-1945 (2017) led her back to scientific research.

Research interests

Late Medieval and Early Modern history - Urban history - History of daily life - Cultural history - Historical geography

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