Cause célèbre: The contested history of the canal district

Susan Legêne, Tessa VerLoren van Themaat

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Whereas Amsterdams Historic Canal District as a World Heritage Site is mainly narrated as a seventeenth-century historical legacy, references to the 19th century imperialism are mostly absent, for instance in the World Heritage Site dedication and how the city is presented to tourists. The chapter advocates active engagement with the traces of the Dutch and European imperial past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmsterdam's Canal District
Subtitle of host publicationOrigins, Evolution, and Future Prospects
EditorsJan Nijman
Place of PublicationToronto Buffalo London
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781487510794, 9781487510787
ISBN (Print)9781487500344
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAmsterdam’s Canal District in Global Perspective - De Duif, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 18 Oct 2013 → …


ConferenceAmsterdam’s Canal District in Global Perspective
Period18/10/13 → …


  • Grachtengordel
  • World heritage site
  • Colonialism
  • Multicultural societies

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