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The Epic Story Of The Little Republic That Could: The Role Of Patriotic Myths In The Dutch Golden Age

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In Mythologies, theorist Roland Barthes suggested that modern citizens are not more immune to the comforting illusions of myths as were the ancient Greeks. Barthes was interested, thought, not just in their ubiquity but their purpose. It was his contention that behind every myth lurked a deliberate untruth, a deceptively appealing story that masked or promoted a particular image desired by those in power. This certainly seems possible in the case of the Declaration. The Declaration declares itself to be a product of 'high and mighty' gentlemen in comfortable positions of political power and an official document issued by proclamation of a legitimate, if aristocratic, government.

Keywords: Dutch Golden Age; Patriotic Myths; Roland Barthes



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