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The role of Dutch heritage in shaping contemporary discourses on coloniality

by Kimmy Mac Donald

1  Introduction: heritage and power

This paper provides a postcolonial analysis of a strongly contested piece of Dutch heritage: The Golden Coach (Brassem, 2021). More specifically: the side panel on the coach devoted to the Dutch colonies, named Hulde der Koloniën, and its implications for contemporary postcolonial inequalities (figure 1). The coach is currently on display at the Amsterdam Museum, in an exhibition dedicated to showing the controversial history surrounding the Golden Coach. The coach, with its racialised decorations and its role of conveying national pride, provides a prime example of the power of heritage.

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