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Biography J.C.J. (Han) Lammers

When Han Lammers died in July 2000, much attention was given on this event by the press. In obituaries the authors especially stressed on the activities of Lammers as alderman in Amsterdam and as a provincial officer in the Flevopolder. After his death Lammers was described as an energetic, wilful and especcially assured statesman. He was a ‘wilful regent' and an ‘strong statesman with a national appearance’. Only on a few occasions it was attempted to analyse the tension in Lammers’ character between the characterizations mentioned above and his role as critical journalist and columnist and his role as spokesman for the ‘Nieuw Links’-movement (New Left).

    In this Ph.D.-research this apparent ambivalence in his life and career is an important starting point. By analysing which persons or events influenced the development and change in his thinking, a useful and clarifying biography of Lammers will be written. This biography will contribute to the study of journalism in the Netherlands in the second half of the twentieth century, the understanding of the political struggles within the PvdA (Dutch Labour Party) in the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, and of an interpretation of the functioning of the public governing board in the Netherlands in the second half of the twentieth century. More concretely Lammers his role as concerned journalist in the public debate in the Netherlands during the fifties and will be examined, and this research also will focus on his method of realising ideas within the Dutch Labour Party as prominent member of the New Left-movement, on how Lammers functioned as alderman in Amsterdam during difficult times for the municipal authorities and, finally, this study reflects on his acts as provincial officer in the IJsselmeerpolders, when he sometimes litterally aimed for the ideal society.


Maarten Ternede M.A.Ternede

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