Anglo-Dutch Relations, 1940-45

A look into the long-lasting links between Britain and Holland forged during the war.

One of the most innovative events in a year of William and Mary Tercentenary celebrations of Anglo-Dutch contacts took place in London this April, when those links during the Second World War drew historians, students, and participants in its traumatic events, as well as those born after them but eager to know more from the former.

This was not one of those occasions where nostalgia and bonhomie are doled out generously but with little scholarly or human impact. The skillful orchestration of subjects and speakers by the conference chairman, Professor M.R.D. Foot (himself no mean participant in the events and now one of the Second World War's leading resistance and intelligence historians) and his colleagues meant the conference never lost its balance between scholarly analysis and controversy and compelling tales of human poignancy.

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