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Anti-Monarchism In Early Modern Dutch Political Thought

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Whereas it is hard to keep track of the continuous stream of studies devoted to early modern Italian or English republicanism, and publications on the political thought of the Dutch Republic have remained few and far between. Indeed, although the situation has somewhat improved in recent years, it may still be stated without exaggeration that large areas of early modern Dutch political thought remain entirely unexplored. This chapter improves our understanding of Dutch anti-monarchism by discussing two powerful examples of it. It first discusses the anti-monarchical treatises the brothers De la Court published in the 1660s. It then turns to the anti-monarchism of the Second Stadholderless Era, the period between 1702 and 1747. Finally, the chapter briefly indicates why these forms of strong and principled anti-monarchism lost much of their relevance and appeal in the political discourse of the Dutch Patriots during the last two decades of the eighteenth century.

Keywords: De la Court; Dutch anti-monarchism; Dutch Patriots; early modern Dutch political thought; eighteenth century; Second Stadholderless Era



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