January 2018 Monthly Meeting
Monday, 15 January
Wout van der Toorn
Marriott Hotel, The Hague
Johan de Wittlaan 30
2517 JR The Hague
Registration from 09:30
Opening meeting at 10:00
Followed by “bubbles and bites” to toast the New Year
From Central Station: Bus 24 or Tram 1 & 16 (stop World Forum)
From Hollands Spoor: Tram 16
Parking : € 4
About the speaker
After obtaining a Masters degree in Micro and Macro Economics at the Free University of Amsterdam, Wout van der Toorn started a career as a consultant, first working for Booz Allen & Hamilton in Dusseldorf for four years and later for Peat, Marwick Mitchell in Paris for three years. Having gained such broad, international experience, he then pursued a career in management in various Dutch companies, finally becoming Chairman of the Dutch Chapter of the Institute of Directors, a position he held for ten years.
At the end of his long professional career, Wout van der Toorn decided to fully devote his time to his lifelong interest – history. His research resulted in the publication of a book entitled Logbook of the Low Countries, a chronicle of historic moments from the Low Countries, set against events in world history, with highlights from art and science and illustrated with famous quotations.
Mr. Van der Toorn spent six years writing the book during which time he created a company “Seaside Publishing” of which he is the owner.
Wout van der Toorn was decorated as Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau and as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
His lecture is titled:
“From Western Democracy to Asiatic Dominance?”
Wout van der Toorn will present the main themes of his book which can be summarized as follows:
Modern democracy and capitalism started during the Middle Ages in the Low Countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg); the rise of the first modern democratic “Republic of the United Provinces” in the 17th century, which became a world power for fifty years; the transfer of that role after the “Glorious Revolution” to the United Kingdom, permitting the UK, through the industrial Revolution, to control 25% of the world’s surface at the beginning of World War 1; the UK loss of position to the United States of America.
Attention will then be turned to historical developments east of Constantinople, discussed in connection with the latest developments in South-East Asia in the 21st century.