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Das Deutsch-Niederländische Institut in Köln 1931–1945 und die Neubegründung der Niederlandistik in der Bundesrepublik

Baerlecken, M; Tiedau, U; (2003) Das Deutsch-Niederländische Institut in Köln 1931–1945 und die Neubegründung der Niederlandistik in der Bundesrepublik. In: Dietz, B and Gabel, H and Tiedau, U, (eds.) Griff nach dem Westen : die 'Westforschung' der völkisch-nationalen Wissenschaften zum nordwesteuropäischen Raum 1920-1960. (851 - 885). Waxmann: Münster, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

The article is based on an oral history interview with the longtime chairwoman of the “Work Group for Dutch-German Cultural Exchange” (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsch-Niederländische Kulturarbeit), Marta Baerlecken, née Hechtle (*1906), who accompanied and contributed to the development of Dutch Studies as academic discipline in 20th century Germany nearly from the beginning onwards. The first part of the article focuses on the history of the Dutch-German Institute at Cologne University, founded in 1931 with financial and moral support from the Dutch Government, with which she was affiliated since 1935. Originally set up as modern bi-national area studies institute, it soon got under pressure from völkisch and national-socialist groups and became entangled into the aggressive German policy towards the West. Her report brings the internal scholarly and political debates and disputes to the fore, as well as the essential questions of resistance, accommodation or collaboration in an academic context in this time. The second part of the article deals with the development of Dutch Studies as academic discipline in early Post-War Germany and the Federal Republic.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Das Deutsch-Niederländische Institut in Köln 1931–1945 und die Neubegründung der Niederlandistik in der Bundesrepublik
ISBN-13: 9783830911449
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.waxmann.com/buch1144
Additional information: Full text reproduced here with permission from publisher
Keywords: Westforschung, Dutch-German Institute, Cologne University, Deutsch-Niederländisches Institut, Universität Köln, Dutch Studies, Neerlandistiek, Niederlandistik, Germany, Deutschland, Netherlands, Belgium, national socialism, nazism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/20092
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