Ruth Benedict on Netherlanders

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During World War II, many studies of 'cultures at a distance' were conducted. Ruth Benedict was one of the most prolific writers in this field. While working for the Office of War Information she produced several memoranda on societies and cultures involved in the war. One of these was the Netherlands. This paper focuses on, firstly, how the present author discovered Benedict's texts on the Dutch. Secondly, it discusses why and for whom she wrote this material. Lastly, it quotes one of her memoranda, entitled A Note on Dutch Behavior, at length.

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van Ginkel, R., (1993) “Ruth Benedict on Netherlanders”, Ethnologia Europaea 23(2), p.177-184. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1217

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Rob van Ginkel (University of Amsterdam)

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