Republicans: Essays on Eighteenth-century Dutch Political Thought

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2007 - Political Science - 241 pages
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The notion of being freeborn republicans bound the eighteenth-century Dutch together and constituted a significant part of their sense of national identity. Yet beneath this general label, many fundamental differences existed. Republicanism could stand for anti-monarchism, but it could also be a moral doctrine emphasizing the importance of the exercise of virtue, or refer to a certain way of life. During the revolutionary years of the late eighteenth century, it came to mean the permanent and active sovereignty of the people. This book explores the many varieties of eighteenth-century Dutch republicanism from a number of different methodological perspectives. It thereby significantly contributes to our understanding of a crucial period in the development of Dutch political thought.
 

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Contents

Introduction The First Republic of Europe
1
AntiMonarchism in Early Modern Dutch Political Thought
31
Early EighteenthCentury Political Languages
53
Polite Republicanism and the Problem of Decline
77
Republican Readings of Montesquieu The Esprit des Lois in the Dutch Republic
93
Revolution Counterrevolution and the Stadholderate 17801795
115
The Concept of Liberty in the Dutch Republic 17801787
139
Contemporary Reactions to Patriot Political Discourse
159
Dutch Constitutionalism at the End of the Eighteenth Century
179
The End of Republican Politics
201
Bibliography
215
Index
239
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Wyger R.E. Velema, Ph.D. in History, the Johns Hopkins University, has published widely on the history of eighteenth-century political thought. He teaches at the University of Amsterdam and is currently co-director of the NWO research program The First Dutch Democracy: The Political World of the Batavian Republic, 1795-1801.

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