Periodisering als integrale benadering: Nederlandse historici in het fin-de-siecle //[Periodisation as an integral appraoch: Dutch historians in the fin de siecle]

Attempts to present a "total history" of Dutch fin de siècle culture by way of periodization. A period is considered to be a dynamic process rather than a homogeneous and closed entity, and not limited to one field of the arts only but extending to society in general. The Dutch fin de siècle is analyzed through the responses of Dutch historians to the transitional character of the period. Fundamental characteristics of the Dutch historical profession were seriously questioned.