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Introduction to the History of the Netherlands

Vak 2012-2013

Admission requirements



The course covers the history of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention is paid to the seventeenth century (The Golden Age), the creation of the modern Netherlands during the nineteenth century, and the Second World War.

Course objectives

The students will acquire knowledge of the outlines of Dutch history and its main events and insight in its developement.


Wednesday 15.00-17.00.
Consult also the timetable of Dutch studies (available from June on)

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Written test with essay questions.


Yes, see Blackboard.

Reading list

P.J. Rietbergen: A Short History of the Netherlands. Amersfoort: Bekking & Blitz Uitgevers, 2008.


Via Usis&

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Drs. S.V. Fagel


This course is aimed at all international students except regular students of Dutch Studies. Students may extend their study load to 10 ec, please contact the teacher.