Printed Pandemonium is a fresh take on one of the most violent political upheavals in early modern history: the popular riots, the political murders and the brutal purifications of local governments in the Dutch Republic during the so-called ‘Year of Disaster’ 1672.
Printed Pandemonium gives an insight into the relationship between political event and political communication in the early modern world. The popular revolts of 1672 were the work of ‘normal’ citizens who rioted and killed, but also politically participated by reading, writing and debating hundreds of different pamphlets and petitions that were put on the market during that momentous year. In total somewhere between one and two million pamphlets flooded the Dutch Republic in 1672. This study is the first analysis of all these pamphlets.
Michel Reinders Ph.D. (2008) in History, Erasmus University Rotterdam has published on the history of the Dutch Republic, political capability and public opinion, including Gedrukte Chaos (Balans, 2010) and Pamphlets and Politics in the Dutch Republic (Brill, 2011).
Table of contents
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Chapter One Print and politics in early modern history
Chapter Two “The remedy is worse than the problem”
Chapter Three Declaring war
Chapter Four The first revolt
Chapter Five A new stadholder
Chapter Six The assassination
Chapter Seven A sovereign count of Orange
Chapter Eight A petition dressed like a dialogue
Chapter Nine The Dutch Republic after the purges
All those interested in early modern European history, Dutch history, book history, the history of the Dutch Republic, the history of political communication, the history of propaganda, the history of political murders, the history of popular politics and the history of political thought.