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"Officials With The Title Of Prophet" – The Reformed Church In King William's Realm

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This study aims to analyze the clerical profession in terms of the power relations between five collective actors. In the early nineteenth century (from 1816 to 1840) three closely linked parties dominated the scene: the state, educational institutions, and the Reformed ministry, or at least an elite of ministers, most of whom came from patrician families and worked in the cities and the larger towns. These three groups ministers, professors, and public officialsmet at the General Synod and jointly controlled the Reformed Church. In the months surrounding William I's failed ten-day campaign to reclaim Belgium in August 1831, the Netherlands was more Protestant than it had been in many years. It was only natural that pastors played a role in nation-building; nineteenth-century &t;teachers&t; were perfectly suited to pass on a kind of general education to the masses. What their university studies lacked in length, they made up for in breadth.

Keywords: educational institutions; King William I; Reformed Church; Reformed ministry; the state



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