Social and Cultural Context of the life of Paul Scholten

Many details in the biography of Paul Scholten, which is posted on the web as a draft for a new biography, ask for an explanatory note, not only for the foreign reader, but also for the younger generation of Dutch readers. At the same time in many cases it could be asked whether these data are relevant in the context of Paul Scholten’s theory. The readers are asked to comment on the draft-biography to reach a common understanding about the question which data should be comprised in a biography, written for an international audience.
When some common understanding is reached about the data which are relevant in a biography for an international audience, next the problem has to be tackled, how the social and cultural aspects of the life of Paul Scholten, which thus are selected, can be explained to foreign readers. To explain means here to make something comparable with social and cultural phenomena to which foreign readers are acquainted. Therefore the reader will find below a list of the possible research questions which popped up in the course of translating the Dutch biography. Foreign readers are asked to react on this list, when they recognize questions which refer to practices or conceptions in their own country. Dutch readers are asked to tell whether they think that these phenomena are typically Dutch and/or relevant in an international context.
Readers are also asked to indicate whether there are other aspects of the social and cultural life in the period of the Inter Bellum which should be  part of the research and to point out existing literature (preferably in English , but also in Dutch or other laguages) which may be particularly relevant for the study of certain questions

 Possible Research Questions

Candidaatsexamen. How did the curriculum of the Study of Law developed over time in the Netherlands; what were the arguments for changes and what may have been the impact.

Disciplina Vitae Scipio, the motto of the school, to be found above the main entrance. Clubs for Rhetorics – Description of this tradition required?

V.O.N.D.E.L. (1875-1917) and Lustrum Senate of the Amsterdamsche Studenten Corps. Explanatory annotation about studentlife in the Netherlands desirable?

Advocaat and Procureur and Rechter-plaatsvervanger. Explanatory annotation desirable about Dutch organization of litigation?

Encyclopedie der Rechtsgeleerdheid. The endless discussion at the faculty of Law in Amsterdam about the best Introductory course for students could be instructive for understanding the scope and meaning of the General Part.

Medelingen voor de Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen. Explanatory annotation desirable about its function, history and way of proceeding or is the Royal Academy of Science an internationally known institute?

Onderwijsraad – Explanatory annotation about the organization of  Dutch Education and the role of the Onderwijsraad required?

Rechtshogeschool. Explanatory Annotation desirable. Not only the specific history of the Indonesian Rechtshoogeschool is relevant, but also the concept Hoogeschool as such. Why was it so important to call it a Hoogeschool and not a University?

Reorganisatie-Commissie van de Nederlands Hervormde KerkVervanging van het reglement van de kerkorde uit 1816 in 1951. This may be a specific aspect of Dutch social and culturallife in that period. Comparison with other countries in the same period might be interesting.

Houwing. Explanatory annotation desirable. But see research about register of names.

Overlegorgaan tussen de verschillende universiteiten en hogescholen, how much is known about this institute, short characterization relevant. Are there parallels in the rest of Europe?

Adres aan de Rijkscommissaris, Explanatory annotation desirable. To what sort of organization during the occupation does this refer.

Nederlandse oecomene, Explanatory annotation desirable?  Or is the Dutch situation not very different from other countries?

Commissie van Kerkelijk Overleg, werkgroep Kerk en Overheid, Convent van Kerken, Explanatory annotation desirable. This is about the relation between Church and State in the Netherlands, which seems to be very different from other countries.

NSB, Explanatory annotation desirable about the political situation during the occupation?

ValkenburgGedwongen verblijfplaats (what kind of measure) ?? op de Veluwe aangewezen in zijn Buitenhuis te Hulshorst, Relevant? are there photo’s, or written memories of others?

Doorbraakbeweging, groep Scholten, Nationale Adviescommissie, Noodparlement, oprichting PvdA, Explanatory annotation desirable about the political movements during the occupation, which were preparing for the way the society should be rebuilt.

Lidmaatschap CHU zonder binding aan het Christelijk-Historische Programma, Explanatory annotation desirable about this political party.

Suggestion for another question?

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