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The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of Modern Society and a European World Economy

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 4, 2013

A five-week seminar for sixteen school teachers comparing the development of modern economic systems in the Dutch Republic and Great Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Experienced project director Gerard Koot (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) leads a seminar comparing and contrasting social and economic developments in the Dutch Republic during the seventeenth century with developments in Great Britain a century later. The program is held in London (week one) and in Leiden (weeks two through five). Core texts include Jan de Vries, The Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600-1750; Keith Wrightson, Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain; Jonathan I. Israel, The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall, 1477-1806; Mariet Westerman, A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718; and Robert C. Allen, The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective. Cooperative study groups rotate leading the participant discussions. In addition to thrice-weekly reading and discussion sessions, participants explore historical sites related to the seminar's theme. In London and environs, they visit the Docklands Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Hospital, the Royal Observatory, the original Bank of England, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In the Low Country cities of Amsterdam, Leiden, the Hague, Haarlem, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and the Zuiderzee ports of Hoorn and Enkhuizen, the teachers visit museums, palaces, churches, merchant houses, warehouses, canals, and other maritime sites associated with the topic at hand.


Dates: June 30–August 2 (5 weeks)
Director(s): Gerard M. Koot, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Grantee Institutions: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Location: London, UK and Leiden, The Netherlands

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. An NEH Summer Seminar for school teachers enables sixteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one. Eligibility criteria differ significantly between NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks Workshops.

Please note: Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current graduate students, who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.