Seminar

RHI Seminar: Anton Schuurman (Wageningen University)

Contingency, trajectories and agency. Crisis and agricultural policy in the Netherlands, 1929-1939. A beginning without a bang

Organisator Rural and Environmental History
Datum

di 23 september 2014 12:30 tot 14:00

Locatie Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
201
6706 KN Wageningen
0317-483639
Zaal/kamer C62

Contingency, trajectories and agency. Crisis and agricultural policy in the Netherlands, 1929-1939. A beginning without a bang

In the 1930s Dutch agricultural policy changed drastically. Laissez-faire policy was exchanged for strong government intervention. This development was not self-evident at all at the time, but became the agricultural policy for the rest of the twentieth century. In this way agricultural policy was trendsetter. In other sectors of Dutch society strong government intervention policy happened only after the WWII. Why did it happen? How can it be explained? What was its social impact? In my paper I want to demonstrate the advantage of practicing history forward: it helps to understand better the historical processes and it helps us to understand better contemporary developments.

More information about Anton Schuurman can be found here.