“Nothing Matters but the Future.” Dutch Multinationals and their Visions of the Netherlands in a Changing World Order (1938-1948)

Summary

Around World War II, Dutch multinationals such as Philips and Unilever increasingly traded ideas with policymakers about the future of the Netherlands. But why and how did corporate and political interests combine to re-imagine the future of the Netherlands, and what has been the significance of their ideas and interactions? Building on a transnational history approach and a historical network analysis, I will analyze new archival material of the Contactcommissie, and of a global network of postwar business groups. In this way, this project will show how these groups helped shape the international political-economic positioning of the Netherlands after 1945.

Details

Project number

023.015.025

Main applicant

P. Postma

Affiliated with

Hanzehogeschool Groningen, International Business

Duration

20/04/2020 to 20/04/2025