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The Art of Staying Neutral

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ISBN: 9789053568187 Year: Pages: 424 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568187 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: History
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The Art of Staying Neutral offers a fascinating insight into the problems and challenges associated with neutrality in an age of 'total war'. It explains how the Netherlands upheld and protected its non-belligerency during the First World War despite constant interference from its warring neighbours. Staying neutral was an artform that the Dutch managed to master through clever diplomacy, conscientious adherence to international laws, comprehensive mobilisation of its armed forces, regular patrols of its territorial boundaries, careful policing of its citizens, and a decisive measure of good fortune. The Art of Staying Neutral makes important contributions to the study of neutrality and the domestic history of the Netherlands in this seminal world event.

Strategic Affection?

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Book Series: Solidarity and Identity ISBN: 9789053568118 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568118 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- History
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Gifts, from objects to hospitality and from poems to support, are a means of establishing and maintaining social ties. This study focuses on the nature of seventeenth- century Dutch social relations through the exchange of gifts by a wide range of individuals, from schoolmaster and artisan to poet and regent. Their gift-exchange behaviour is compared to contemporary gift exchange to show that both strategy and affection are necessary elements of social relations at any given time, and that what changes most is not the system but the discourse of exchange.

Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789053567845 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567845 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- History --- Media and communication
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The first book-length account of the symbolic chains that link remakes and explain their disguises, Film Remakes as Rituals and Disguise is also the first book to explore how and why these stories are told. Anat Zanger focuses on contemporary retellings of three particular tales-Joan of Arc, Carmen, and Psycho-to reveal what she calls the remake's "rituals of disguise." Joan of Arc, Zanger demonstrates, later appears as the tough, androgynous Ripley in the blockbuster Alien III film and the God-ridden Bess in Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves. Ultimately, these remake chains offer evidence of the archetypes of our own age, cultural "fingerprints" that are reflective of society's own preferences and politics. Underneath the redundancy of the remake, Zanger shows, lies our collective social memory. Indeed, at its core the lowly remake represents a primal attempt to gain immortality, to triumph over death-playing at movie theatres seven days a week, 365 days a year. Addressing the wider theoretical implications of her argument with sections on contemporary film issues such as trauma, jouissance, and censorship, Zanger offers an insightful addition to current debates in film theory and cinema history.

Het heilige huis

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ISBN: 9789053569481 Year: Pages: 128 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569481 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- History --- Languages and Literatures
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Culture and history; Literature (Belles lettres) and rhetoric; Culture and institutions

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