Commercial Republicanism in the Dutch Golden Age: The Political Thought of Johan & Pieter de la Court

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BRILL, Dec 23, 2011 - History - 395 pages
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The Dutch seventeenth century, a Golden Age ridden by intense ideological conflict, pioneered global trade, participatory politics and religious toleration. Its history is epitomized by the life and works of the brothers Johan (1622-1660) and Pieter de la Court (1618-1685), two successful textile entrepreneurs and radical republican theorists during the apex of Dutch primacy in world trade. This book explores the many facets of the brothers political thought, focusing on their ground-breaking argument that commerce forms the mainstay of republican politics. With a contextual analysis that highlights the interaction between thinking and acting, between intellectual and cultural history, the book reveals the international significance of this commercial republicanism and it proposes a novel, rhetorical approach to seventeenth-century Dutch political culture.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I THE MAKING OF AN ŒUVRE
25
II THE RHETORIC OF THE MARKET
69
III WISE MERCHANTS
141
IV THE COMMERCIAL COMMONWEALTH
205
V CONCORD AND TOLERATION
284
The Brothers De la Court and the Commercial Republican Tradition
345
Bibliography
359
Index
389
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Arthur Weststeijn, Ph.D. (2010) in History, European University Institute in Florence, is Director of Historical Studies at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. His research focuses on the intellectual history of the early-modern Dutch Republic from an international perspective. This is his first book.

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