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Vitality is the hallmark of a true classic

In the more than thirty years of its existence, the Historische Uitgeverij has become a well-known presence in the Dutch-speaking cultural domain. Having established itself as a small but ambitious publishing house, the Historische Uitgeverij has consistently proved to be an independent and innovative spirit. It has attracted attention by securing funding from highly regarded sources, support from respected authors and a typographical design that is both striking and elegant. Several of its publications have been distinguished with awards. It is active on the crossroads of history, literature, the sciences, art, philosophy and psychology, presenting original work by Dutch scholars as well as translations of great European thinkers, writers and poets, from the ancients like Aristotle, Lucrece and the 'Sappho of the Lowlands': Hadewijch, to humanists like Dante, Vico and Pico, to more modern writers like Descartes, Burke and Baudelaire. But also iconic historical documents such as the Dutch Declaration of Independence (1581): the Plakkaat van Verlatinge.

Historische Uitgeverij’s programme finds inspiration in Nietzsche’s second Untimely meditation: On the advantage and disadvantage of history for life. This was published in an acclaimed translation in 1983; with every reprint a new essay is added, offering fresh insights by a prominent philosopher. Nietzsche’s treatise can be read as a plea for lively, courageous learning and for free and revitalising contact with our common cultural heritage. For this reason Historische Uitgeverij seeks to promote creative interdisciplinary crossovers and to sustain the search for new perspectives in the humanities. This is achieved through the publication of essays, studies and translations that show a clear interaction between up-to-date advanced academic research, the cultural legacy of the past and the demands of a modern readership.

One of the results of this attempt to take tradition out of the museum and to make it a matter of topical concern, is the series ‘rhetoric & philosophy’. This series offers a rediscovery of sometimes neglected but nonetheless attractive classical authors such as Lysias, Valla or Quintilian. New translations have made the philosophy of Epicurus accessible to the public and have shed a refreshing light on well-known texts by Virgil and Horace. An unparalleled project in this field is the translation of the works of Aristotle by a team of internationally renowned specialists. In this way, the Historische Uitgeverij underlines the relevance of the classical tradition for contemporary culture and debates.

It is the intention of Historische Uitgeverij to make an active contribution to the renewal of history and philosophy. For this reason it publishes well written works, full of vitality, by internationally acclaimed authors such as Douwe Draaisma, eloquent guide through memory's Wunderkammer; Frank Ankersmit, passionate champion of the sublime historical experience; writer in nature Jelle Reumer, clear-eyed, thought-provoking and bright observer of the evolution, and the beauty of fossiles; and young and original thinkers, such as the compelling Luuk van Middelaar, fearless historian of the present, and of the new politics after The Passage to Europe.

With great confidence I offer you their works for translation, since we believe that vitality is the hallmark of a true classic.

Patrick M.Th. Everard

Translation opportunities

Jelle Reumer Frank Ankersmit Hadewijch Douwe Draaisma Luuk van Middelaar
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