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Biography Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis

Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis
Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis

Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Redemption and Utopia

Dr J.W. (Jan Willem) Stutje

Few figures in the labour movement have captured the imagination like Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846 – 1919). Since 1 September 2006, Jan Willem Stutje has been researching the life of the founding father of Dutch socialism. This project is made possible through a so-called Vidi-subsidy from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
  Through the use of a number of new approaches, Stutje seeks to supplement and correct the prevailing image. Central to this is Domela’s charisma, his romantic revolutionary commitment, the oral culture and international contacts. His leadership is compared to that of contemporaries within his own country, among them Abraham Kuyper and Pieter Jelles Troelstra, as well as foreign kindred spirits such as César de Paepe and Ferdinand Lasalle.
This biography of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis sheds new light on three separate, but interrelated components: Domela’s work in the socialist movement, his theoretical and published work and his personal life.
  The biography is a contribution to the history of ideas and to the historical sociology of social movements and political culture. This book will appear in may 2012.

Stutje has written the biographies of the Dutch communist Paul de Groot and the Flemish Marxist economist and historian, Ernest Mandel. This project has a duration of five years.

In May 2012 the biography Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. Een romantische revolutionair was published by publishing house Atlas. The second edition was published in August 2012.

Jan Willem Stutje was nominated in February 2013 for his biography of Ferdinand Domela for the 'Gouden Boekenuil 2013'. The shortlist of five will be announced on February 27, the winner on May 4, 2013.

Review De Groene Amsterdammer 13 May 2012

Review NRC Handelsblad 18 May 2012

Review Leeuwarder Courant 19 May 2012

Review Het Parooll 2 July 2012

Review de Volkskrant 21 July 2012

Review BMGN 128(2013)2

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Email: sandersstutje@quicknet.nl

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