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Bicycle should be in canon

28 October 2006 – A committee has developed a ‘canon’, that is to serve as a guideline for the subjects to be taught in history classes. Former Provo Roel van Duijn argues for a local canon that pays attention to social protests, alternative communities, Theo van Gogh and bicycles.

Van Duijn, who is currently a member of the Oud Zuid district council, makes these suggestions in an opinion article published by News from Amsterdam today.

According to Van Duijn, the formal canon leaves out important aspects of Dutch history, including Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547 – 1619), who was the ‘founder of our special, federative republic’.

Other omissions include the rise of socialism in the nineteenth century and the role of Christian, socialist and anarchist Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis; and the social movements of the 1960s. Van Duijn says that more canons should be developed, including local ones.

During the 1960s, Van Duijn was a prominent member of the Provo movement, which drew international attention with their White Bicycle plan to provide free bicycles and other initiatives to make the city more liveable. Later, he became a member of the city council for the Kabouter (Gnome) party.

Van Duijn’s article can be found here (in Dutch)


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