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Old 02-08-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Huizinga, Johan: Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen v1.1, 3 march 2008

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Johan Huizinga (December 7, 1872 - February 1, 1945), a Dutch historian, was one of the founders of modern cultural history. Born in Groningen, he started out as a student of Comparative linguistics, gaining a good command of Sanskrit. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the role of the jester in Indian drama in 1897. It was not until 1902 that his interest turned towards medieval and Renaissance history. He continued teaching as an Orientalist until he became a Professor of General and Dutch History at Groningen University in 1905. Then, in 1915, he was made Professor of General History at Leiden University, a post he held until 1942. From this point until his death in 1945 he was held in detention by the Nazis. He died in De Steeg in Gelderland, near Arnhem, and lies buried in the graveyard of the Reformed Church at 6 Haarlemmerstraatweg in Oegstgeest.

Huizinga had an aesthetic approach to history, where art and spectacle played an important part. His most famous work is Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen (1919), translated as The Waning of the Middle Ages (1924) and as The Autumn of the Middle Ages (1996). He here reinterprets the later Middle Ages as a period of pessimism and decadence rather than rebirth."
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This is the original Dutch text, based on the 5th edition of the book. I included hundreds of hyperlinks to translations of the numerous French, German and Latin texts which you'll find in the book. I also modernised the language as far as spelling goes... I did not change the writing style of course (!) but i merely made the text match the newer editions.

I realise most of you will not be able to read this specific book because it is written in Dutch. I wanted this book for myself however, and i thought i might as well share it with this community.
I strongly encourage you to find the English translation though, preferably the 1996 version. I know it's on the internet somewhere, at least the 1924 version is...This is a true Classic.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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"Johan HuizingaI strongly encourage you to find the English translation though, preferably the 1996 version. I know it's on the internet somewhere, at least the 1924 version is...This is a true Classic.
I have a PB version of the English translation, and the Internet Archive has PDF and text versions of the English version. The PDF, however, is simply scanned images of the book, and the text file is OCR output from the scans and riddled with errors.

I'm (slowly) working on proofreading the text in the background, but I really hope someone like distributed Proofreaders picks it up. It is indeed a classic.
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Thanks, I was actually working on the same book (based on the Gutenberg text), stuck on the footnotes.

This saves me a lot of time. Thanks again.
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Great! A book in Dutch. Just because of that, I will give it a try.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:29 PM   #5
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Huizinga, Johan: Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen v1.1, 3 march 2008

updates: changed foreign quotations to italics and replaced a lot of leftover oldfashioned spelling to their modern equivalent.
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Keep on the good work. We need more Dutch books
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I noticed some old fashioned spellings... If you want, I can proofread while reading the book. I must admit that I don't read this book full time, so it can be a while before I'm through the entire book
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Indeed, there probably will be cases of oldfashioned spelling left in this book. It's not always obvious though, what will qualify as oldfashioned, and what should be left alone when it's a matter of "style".

Since you offer to proofread it as you read along, i suspect you'll find more words that could use an "update". I think it's a good idea.
How do you suggest you'll proceed? Post the words that need correction in this thread? Maybe you know of a better way?
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Mm, this needs some thinking... My first idea was to send you an e-mail with suggested corrections. Because there are no page numbers, a correction needs to be identified in another way. I guess there are two kinds of corrections:
1) general corrections, e.q. to replace " zoo " with " zo ". You did most of those, I guess
2) specific corrections, meaning sentences in which a word is used in a wrong way. In that case the entire sentence needs to be reported, so the single word can be identiefied.

I'll just bookmark the errors I encounter while reading and I will e-mail them to you
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