In the Dutch historiography from 18th Century on we can perceive a clear tendency to present the history of the United Provinces as specific process typical only for this country and nation, whereas in 19th Century Germany many historians were of an opinion that both the Dutch and Germans are a part of a one Germanic family (deustche Voelker) who should not only cooperate with each other, but also write their history as history of the Reich. During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands attempts were made to reestablish the frames of the Dutch historiography to make it compatible with all the main processes typical for the history of the whole body of Germanic nations and the history of the Reich. After WWII the big differences between Dutch and German historical processes were to be highlighted.
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