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Hendrik Willem van Loon



Achternaam: van Loon
Initialen: H. W.
Voornamen: Hendrik Willem
Geboren: 14-01-1882
Te: Rotterdam
Overleden: 11.03-1944
Te: Old Greenwich (Connecticut, VS)




Pseudoniem(en): Hendrik Willem van Loon gebruikte het pseudoniem Jan van Loon.

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Alas! those princes who so often have led the people, who have made this nation what it is, whose name has come to stand for the very land of which they are the hired executives—these princes now no longer are in direct touch with the basic part of the nation. This time they have failed to see their manifest duty. Left to their own devices, the reformers, the Patriots as they are commonly called, have fallen into bad hands. They have mistaken mere rhetoric for action. They have allowed themselves to be advised by hot-headed young men, raw boys, filled with undigested philosophies borrowed from their better-instructed neighbours. As their allies they have taken experienced politicians who were willing to use this party of enthusiasts for their own selfish purposes. More through the mistakes of their enemies than through the virtue of their own partisans, the Patriots have gained a victory in the Chambers of the old Estates, where the clumsy machinery of the republican government, outworn and ill-fitted for modern demands, rolls on like some forgotten water-wheel in an ancient forest.
(Hendrik Willem van Loon, The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom)

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