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This peer reviewed book series focuses on scholarly publications (monographs, edited volumes, catalogues) on visual arts in the Netherlands up to 1900.
The Oud Holland Book Series is closely related to the journal Oud Holland, Journal for Art of the Low Countries, the oldest surviving art historical journal in the world. The book series is a platform for larger studies on topics relevant for the journal. Books are published in English.

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How have the historical experiences and legacies of the communist revolution before 1949 and socialism under Mao influenced the course of reform and development in China since the 1980s? And how do Chinese intellectuals reexamine the aspects and trajectories of socialism and reform in China and reinterpret the links and discontinuities between them? The Rethinking Socialism and Reform in China series presents the most innovative studies in English translation by leading Chinese scholars, which have been originally published by Open Times (Kaifang shidai), one of the most influential journals in China that appeals to both academics and the general public. The planned volumes of the series cover a variety of themes ranging from the communist revolution, social control and mobilization, and everyday power relations in Maoist China, to economic change, governance and resistance, gender, ethnicity, and cultural issues in recent decades.
The Exchange of Ideas and Political Collaborations between China's Men of Guns and Men of Letters, 1919-1923
This book offers the first comprehensive study of the ways in which China’s men of guns (so-called “warlords”) and men of letters (May Fourth intellectuals) engaged one another for the making of a Chinese federation between 1919 and 1923. Breaking the constructed dichotomy between the men of guns and men of letters, Vivienne Guo’s analysis reappraises Chinese warlordism against the backdrop of the Chinese enlightenment. Exploring the ideological underpinnings and political vigour of the Chinese federalist movement, Negotiating A Chinese Federation provides a fresh interpretation of China’s cultural renewal and state-building.
Geschichte einer multikulturellen Industriestadt im 20. Jahrhundert
Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg erzählt erstmals die Geschichte von Lodz, der zweitgrößten polnischen Stadt des 19./20. Jahrhunderts, aus multikultureller und vielsprachiger Perspektive. Die Stadt ist historisch durch die Textilindustrie geprägt. Ihr Aufstieg war die Leistung von deutschen, jüdischen, polnischen und russischen Wirtschaftsbürgern und oft in prekären Verhältnissen lebenden, vor allem weiblichen Arbeitskräften in den Fabriken. Diese kosmopolitische Bevölkerung bestimmte das Gesicht von Lodz als einer „Stadt der vier Kulturen“. Das Buch zeigt aber auch, wie die Einwohnerschaft in den 1930er Jahren in nationale Gruppen aufgespalten wurde und wie sie während des 2. Weltkriegs als deutsch besetztes „Litzmannstadt“ von innen zerstört wurde. Vertreibung und Diskriminierung nach 1945 zerstörten multikulturelle Restbestände. Im kommunistischen Polen besaß die Textilindustrie keine Lobby und ging auch in Lodz in den 1990er Jahren unter.
A History of the Waterway North of Eurasia
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The notion of a waterway north of Eurasia, conceived in the first half of the sixteenth century, remained only a dream for centuries, due to ice, unmapped coastlines and a lack of geographical knowledge. This volume is the first comprehensive, scholarly account in English of the slow but steady exploration and commercial exploitation of the Siberian coastal waters, and it proves that this was a truly international endeavour. However, in the end, the Northern Sea Route as a through traverse route came to be used primarily by the Soviet Union, for which it became a crucial vehicle for the geopolitical and economic integration of its vast territories. As an international trade route the Northern Sea Route is only today about to win its way, essentially as a result of global warming. This being the case, should we rejoice or despair?
This book explores the historical evolution of a Mediterranean village that radically changed its core self-sustaining activities in less than a century, from fishing for anchovies in the Ligurian Sea to rounding Cape Horn. Drawing on a vast set of unpublished archival sources, this book addresses a micro-historical subject to investigate macro-historical processes, including the technological transition from sail to steam and globalization. At the core of the book lie Camogli’s rise in the world shipping industry and the transformations that occurred in its maritime labor system; seaborne trade, maritime routes, individual careers in seafaring represent the vivid elements that contribute to the book’s dive into the nineteenth-century maritime world.