Pamphlets and Politics in the Dutch Republic


Despite surging interest in early modern pamphlets, political historians of the Dutch Republic, arguably the frontrunner in pamphleteering, have yet to explore their nature and relevance in depth. Rather than treating pamphlets as reflecting public opinion, or dismissing them as political froth, this volume aims to understand pamphlets as political actors in their own right. The articles focus on the function of a pamphlet, the pamphlet as a political actor, and the relationship between pamphlets and public opinion. Articles deal with these questions systematically while chronologically analysing the crucial stages in the history of the Dutch Republic. The result is a fascinating window on Dutch political culture which is relevant for anyone interested in early modern society.

Contributors include: Guido de Bruin, Femke Deen, Martin van Gelderen, Craig Harline, Roeland Harms, David Onnekink, Michel Reinders, Koen Stapelbroek, Monica Stensland and Jill Stern.

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Femke Deen (1975) studied Cultural Anthropology and worked as a journalist for five years before starting as a PhD-candidate at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently finishing her thesis on public debate and propaganda in Amsterdam during the Dutch Revolt (1566–1580). She published an article on Beggar Songs during the Dutch Revolt in 2008 in Holland Historisch Tijdschrift.

David Onnekink (1971) is Lecturer at the University of Utrecht. He finished his PhD thesis in 2004, which was published as The Anglo-Dutch Favourite. The Career of Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (Aldershot, 2007). He is interested in foreign policy, ideology and religious conflict, and has edited several volumes of essays on these subjects. Currently he is finishing a monograph on ideology and Dutch foreign policy.

Michel Reinders (1979) is researcher of Early Modern politics and public opinion. He completed his PhD thesis Printed Pandemonium about pamphleteering during the Year of Disaster 1672 in 2008 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Reinders has published articles about petitions and pamphleteering and is co-editor (with J. Hartman, J. Nieuwstraten) of Public Offices, Private Demands. Capability in Governance in the 17th-Century Dutch Republic (Newcastle, 2009). He is the author of Gedrukte Chaos. Populisme en moord in het Rampjaar 1672 (Amsterdam, 2010).
"Insgesamt ist es den Autoren [...] vorzüglich gelungen, spannende Einsichten über Wirkung und Wirkungslosigkeit,
Kontextualisierung und Diskursentwicklung am Beispiel von Pamphleten vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert unter den Bedingungen der niederländischen Republik darzubieten und mit neuen methodischen Ansätzen etwa aus der Literaturwissenschaft den Quellen interessante Erkenntnisse abzugewinnen."
Oswald Bauer, Lajen, Austria. In: Mitteilungen des Instituts für österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Vol. 120, No. 2 (2012), pp. 461-463.
All those interested in political history, history of political thought, history of international relations, early modern history, Dutch history, book history, history of political culture, media history, history of news, history of journalism, cultural history: academics and educated laymen, academic libraries, students of the early modern period.

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