The Emergence of Tolerance in the Dutch Republic

This volume is the fruit of the colloquium "Les Pays-Bas, carrefour de la tolérance aux Temps Modernes", held in Wassenaar, the Netherlands, in 1994.
Toleration in the strict sense of the word was very much against the grain of sixteenth-century European history. This volume charts the emergence and vicissitudes of the concept of tolerance and its practical implications in the Dutch Republic, from the revolt against Spain in the sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century.
The various contributions, all by distinguished scholars, address such issues as Erasmus' views on toleration, the relation between tolerance and irenism, and the contemporary intellectual debate about toleration in the Dutch Republic.
This important volume will prove indispensable to historians of the Low Countries, students of humanism and all those interested in the intellectual history of the 16th-18th centuries.

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'The Emergence of Tolerance in the Dutch Republic is a valuable contribution to the history of tolerance…the volume helps us to deepen our knowledge of the Dutch Republic in early modern times.
Elisabeth Labrousse: Adresse du Colloque. Jonathan Israel: The Intellectual Debate about Toleration in the Dutch Republic. M.E.H.N. Mout: A Comparative View of Dutch Toleration in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries. James D. Tracy: Erasmus, Coornhert and the Acceptance of Religious Disunity in the Body Politic - a Low Countries Tradition? Hans Posthumus Meyjes: Tolérance et Irénisme. Hans R. Guggisberg: Castellio - Problems of Writing a New Biography. Catherine Secrétan: La tolérance entre politique et rhétorique. Rob van de Schoor: The Reception of Cassander in the Republic in the Seventeenth Century. Peter G. Bietenholz: Daniel Zwicher's Views on Religious Peace and Unity. Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck: La réception de l' Historie der Reformatie de Gerard Brandt et son influence sur la conception de la tolérance hollandaise. Hans Bots and Rob van de Schoor: La tolérance à travers les dictionnaires dans les décennies autour de 1700. Michael Heyd: The Limits of Toleration in the Early 18th Century - Shaftesbury's Letter Concerning Enthusiasm and the Reaction to it. Mario Turchetti: Elie Saurin [1639-1703] et ses Réflexions sur les droits de la Conscience. H.H.M. van Lieshout: Les querelles lexicales sur la lice de la tolérance - Pierre Jurieu attaqué dans le Dictionaire Historique et Critique de Pierre Bayle. Willem Frijhoff: Dimensions de la coexistence confessionnelle. Antony McKenna: Note sur la tolérance dans la littérature philosophique clandestine de l'Age Classique. Myriam Yardeni: La tolérance rétrospective - la perception de l'histoire des Pays Bas et de l'Angleterre dans le refuge huguenot.