By Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Dr Gerdi Quist, Ulrich Tiedau
All international locations, areas and associations are finally outfitted on a level of consensus, on a collective dedication to an idea, trust or price approach. This consensus is consistently rephrased and reinvented via a story of team spirit and challenged by means of expressions of discontent and discord. The historical past of the Low nations is characterized through either a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord, either internally and from exterior demanding situations. This interdisciplinary quantity explores consensus and discord in a Low nations context alongside huge cultural, linguistic and old traces. Disciplines represented contain early-modern and modern background; paintings heritage; movie; literature; and translation students from either the Low nations and past.
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