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The flag of the Netherlands  consists of three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue; similar to the flag of Luxembourg, which uses a lighter blue and is longer; the colors were those of WILLIAM I, Prince of Orange, who led the Dutch Revolt against Spanish sovereignty in the latter half of the 16th century; originally the upper band was orange, but because it tended to fade to red over time, the red shade was eventually made the permanent color; the banner is perhaps the oldest tricolor in continuous use


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A Very Brief History of the Netherlands

The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Class work is essential, of  course; but the "next level" of achievement in language and cultural studies is to become immersed in it.

When you begin dreaming in a language you are attempting to master, you can know for certain you are  on your way.

The Internet and  global social networking opens doors to language-and-culture immersion opportunities on a scale few people imagined a few decades ago.

  • Radio and television broadcasts on the Web

  • Government and media-sponsored websites and blogs

  • Virtual social worlds such as Second  Life®

  • Internet telephone service, such as Skype, capable of low-cost group conferencing.

And of course there are more ways to become delightfully immersed in another's language and culture. We will be developing some of these opportunities for you on this page. Check back often for the latest developments.

 

 

 

 

You are exploring an academic department witch is already blending courses--a language and the culture that supports it:

In order to truly understand a language, you must also know about the culture that supports it.

In order to truly understand a culture, you must also master the dominant, or most influential, language of that culture.

Here are some questions for you to ponder. This isn't a test... it's a learning experience in blended learning.

  1. What do you get when you cross with studies in international business and economics?
  2. What do you get when you cross with studies in government and political science?
  3. What do you get when you cross with studies in computer science and information technology.
  4.  What do you get when you cross with studies in archaeology, anthropology, and history?

Now make up some course-blending scenarios of your own.

If you are drawn to a particular language, culture, and people, you will sooner or later find a blend of disciplines that will fire your passion and set you on your way to a satisfying career.

The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II.

A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
 

 

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