Tales of the Revolt. Memory, Oblivion and Identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700


This project aims to explore how personal and public memories of the Dutch Revolt in the seventeenth century evolved and interacted to create new political and cultural identities for the societies that eventually were to become the kingdoms of the Netherlands and Belgium. While on both sides of the new border there emerged a body of ?canonic? knowledge about the Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs, this simultaneously involved the conscious eradication of other aspects of the past, meaning that two radically different versions of the same past came to prop up two distinctive ?national? identities. The first aim of this project is to investigate how these versions of the past came into being, to what extent they were assimilated by individual Netherlanders, and how they contributed to identity formation.
The project builds on the surge of scholarly interest in the phenomenon of ?collective? or ?social? memory ? the way in which societies remember and deploy the past. Research on the twentieth century has shown that individual memories will evolve in response to those of other people, or those that are promulgated in the public domain ? thus contributing to the formation of group identity. Few scholars have so far tried to map the interaction between personal and public memory before 1800. The second aim of this project is to show that this is both possible and worthwhile. By exploring storytelling about the Revolt in memoirs, chronicles and many other sources, we will gauge the impact of different ?memory policies? on early modern populations that shared the same past but that became politically and confessionally divided. This situation was not unique to the Netherlands, and the project aims to offer insights that can be applied to other parts of Europe.



  • J.M. Müller(2014): Exile memories and the Dutch Revolt. , Leiden  14 mei 2015
  • J.A. Van der Steen(2014): Memory wars in the Low Countries, , Leiden  24 juni 2014
  • M.F.D. Eekhout(2014): Material memories of the Dutch Revolt. , Leiden  12 november 2014

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • H.F.K. van Nierop, R. Moore, J.S. Pollmann, J.S. Pollmann, B. Kaplan(2009): Catholic communities in Protestant States. pp. 84 - 102 , Manchester
  • H. Paul, J.S. Pollmann, H. te Velde(2010): Het vaderlandse verleden. pp. 60 - 81 , Amsterdam
  • J.S. Pollmann, R. Stein, J.S. Pollmann(2010): Networks, Regions and Nations. Shaping Identities in the Low Countries, 1300-1650 pp. 241 - 262 , Leiden
  • J.A. van der Steen(2010): Hendrik, graaf van den Bergh (1573-1638) pp. 65 - 70 , 's Heerenberg
  • J.S. Pollmann, H. van Amersfoort (e.a.)(2011): Belaagd en belegerd pp. 118 - 145 , Amsterdam
  • J.S. Pollmann(2011): Catholic identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520-1635 pp. 159 - 202 , Oxford
  • A. Pietsch, J.M. Müller, B. Stollberg-Rilinger(2012): Konfessionelle Ambiguität. Uneindeutigkeit und Verstellung als religiöse Praxis in der Frühen Neuzeit pp. 268 - 285 , Guetersloh
  • J.M. Müller, A. Pietsch, B. Stollberg-Rilinger(2013): Konfessionelle Ambiguität. pp. 268 - 285 , Gütersloh
  • M.E. Ebben, J.S. Pollmann, M. Stensland, M. Lacy-Bruijn, R. van Hövell tot Westerflier(2013): Alba. pp. 309 - 325 , Rotterdam
  • H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.M. Müller, J.S. Pollmann, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory Before Modernity. pp. 283 - 296 , Leiden and Boston
  • H.M.E.P Kuijpers, M. Linden, K. Rutkowski(2013): Hurting memories pp. 191 - 201 , London and Waltham
  • H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.A. van der Steen, J.S. Pollmann, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory before Modernity. pp. 45 - 62 , Leiden and Boston
  • J. Ohlmeyer, H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.S. Pollmann, M. O'Siochrú(2013): Ireland 1641. pp. 176 - 196 , Manchester
  • A. Bamji, J.S. Pollmann, G. Janssen, M. Laven(2013): The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation pp. 165 - 182 , Farnham
  • B.O.D. Deseure, J.S. Pollmann(2013): Memory Before Modernity. pp. 315 - 330 , Leiden and Boston
  • H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.S. Pollmann, J.S. Pollmann, H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory Before Modernity pp. 1 - 23 , Leiden and Boston
  • H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.S. Pollmann, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory Before Modernity. pp. 183 - 202 , Leiden and Boston
  • M.F.D. Eekhout, H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.S. Pollmann, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory Before Modernity. pp. 129 - 147 , Leiden
  • M. Böss, J.S. Pollmann(2014): Conflicted pasts and national identities. pp. 31 - 42 , Aarhus, Denmark
  • H. te Velde, J.S. Pollmann, D. Haks(2014): Oranje onder. pp. 27 - 45 , Amsterdam

Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • J.S. Pollmann(2009): Internationalisering en de Nederlandse Opstand Bijdragen en Mededelingen voor de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden pp. 1 - 21
  • M.F.D. Eekhout(2011): Herinnering in beeld. Leids jaarboekje pp. 33 - 47
  • J.M. Müller, F. Dietz(2011): De Spieghel in beeld. Ons geestelijk erf pp. 59 - 84
  • J.A. Van der Steen(2011): Goed en Fout in de Nederlandse Opstand Historisch Tijdschrift Holland pp. 82 - 97
  • M.F.D. Eekhout(2011): De kogel in de kerk. Historisch Tijdschrift Holland pp. 108 - 119
  • J.M. Müller, F. Dietz(2011): De Spieghel in beeld. Ons Geestelijk Erf pp. 59 - 84
  • M.F.D. Eekhout(2012): Katholieke herinneringscultuur in 's Hertogenbosch: 1579 en 1585. Noord-Brabants Historisch Jaarboek pp. 81 - 97
  • C. Lenarduzzi, J.S. Pollmann(2013): Het vaderlands verleden in de zeventiende eeuw. De zeventiende eeuw, Themanummer Het Vaderlands Verleden in de Zeventiende eeuw pp. 146 - 151
  • J.S. Pollmann(2013): Of living legends and authentic tales Transactions of the Royal Historical Society pp. 103 - 125
  • J.S. Pollmann(2013): Met grootvaders bloed bezegeld. De zeventiende eeuw. Themanummer Het Vaderlands Verleden in de Zeventiende eeuw pp. 152 - 173

Professionele publicatie

  • J.S. Pollmann(2008): Het oorlogsverleden van de Gouden Eeuw
  • J.S. Pollmann(2008): Herdenken, herinneren, vergeten.

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek

  • J.S. Pollmann(2010): Anna van Saksen
  • J.M. Müller(2012): Thuis in den vreemde pp. 23-25-
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): Wat te doen tegen de satellieten van satan? pp. 17 - 21


  • J.S. Pollmann, J.S. Pollmann, J.S. Pollmann, R. Stein(2010): Networks, regions and nations.
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): interview over 3 oktoberviering Leiden
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): geinterviewd voor aflevering 1
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): Past & Present
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): interview Cold Case findings Willem van Oranje
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): Commentaar fenomeen Majesteitsschennis
  • (2012): comment Cold Case bevindingen Willem van Oranje
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): geinterviewd voor programma Go to the Epoch of Tolerance
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): geinterviewd over Cold Case findings Willem van Oranje
  • J.S. Pollmann(2012): geinterviewd over beste boek voor begrip geschiedenis Europa
  • J.S. Pollmann(2013): Past and Present
  • A.R. Duke, J.S. Pollmann(2013): Alastair Duke and Judith Pollmann. '?Reformations and Revolt in the Netherlands, 1500-1621?'. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press) published online through Oxford Books Online.
  • H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, J.S. Pollmann, J.M. Müller, J.A. van der Steen(2013): Memory before modernity.
  • J.M. Müller(2013): Review of: Peter Ole Grell (2011) Brethren in Christ. A Calvinist network in Reformation Europe], Church History and Religious Culture 92(2), 313-315.





Prof. dr. J.S. Pollmann

Verbonden aan

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Institute for History


Dr. M.F.D. Eekhout MA, Dhr. A. Ewing, Dhr. F.M.P. de Hoog, Drs. H.M.E.P. Kuijpers, Dr. J.M. Müller, Prof. dr. J.S. Pollmann, Dr. J.A. van der Steen BA, Dhr. L.A.F.H. van Tilborg


01/09/2008 tot 01/09/2014