Top Hats, Low Standards. It is the telling title of the collection of essays published in 1969 by Jaap Meijer (1912-1993), an outstanding historian of Jewish life and thought, a fierce Dutch public intellectual and a deeply troubled soul. Meijer’s collection is about Jewish life in the Netherlands during the 1930s. Each essay is a blast. […]
At the end of October 1942 Otto Frank, so his daughter reported in the revised version of her diaries, took ‘Goethe’s and Schiller’s dramas out of the large bookcase.’ Her father’s idea was, as Anne put it, ‘to read somethingfrom themout loud to me every evening. We’ve already started on Don Carlos.’ So just about four […]
Martin van Gelderen. ‘Menschenrechte und Demokratie – James Madison, Hugo Grotius und die Probleme des neuen Europa’, Gerald-Stourzh-Vorlesung 2009.
Martin van Gelderen. ‘Hot Protestants. Predestination, the Freedom of Will and the Making of the Modern European Mind’, in: Gijsbert van den Brink (ed.), Calvinism and the European Mind, Leiden: Koninklijke Brill, 2014, 131-154. [download here]
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