The result of a political union between the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands was a short-lived political project that existed between 1815 and 1830. During the kingdom’s existence, its monarch King William I took several steps to stimulate nationalism and strengthen the political union between the three territories. It was during this time that a large number of book clubs came into being, and attracted a large membership. Arnold Lubbers explores the extent to which these clubs and choice of literature contributed to nation-building.
A. Lubbers, ‘Een republiek in het klein’. Noord-Nederlandse leesgezelschappen en hun lectuurkeuze in het Verenigd Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, 1815-1830.
Prof. E.A. Kuitert
Prof. J.T. Leerssen
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