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No Man's Land. Reinventing Netherlandish Identities, 1585–1621

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This chapter examines two important features of the way in which notions of Netherlandish identity developed during the period from the fall of Antwerp in 1585 leading up to the end of the Twelve Years' Truce in 1621. First, the author asks why the early seventeenth century witnessed a surge of pamphleteering interest in the concept of Netherlandishness, not only in the Republic but also among the loyalist propagandists of the Habsburg Netherlands. Secondly, the author argues that whereas notions of Netherlandishness had initially served primarily to try and unite the inhabitants of the Low Countries, they now became contested and were used to 'other' groups within the Netherlandish population.

Keywords: Antwerp; early seventeenth century; Netherlandish identities



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