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In the Dutch Republic, an intimate relationship existed between politics and pamphlets. Political tracts, edicts, resolutions, correspondence, poems, sermons, songs, plays, dialogues, petitions, eyewitness reports, news stories and commentary were printed in enormous quantities and spread ever more speedily throughout the Republic. The marginal attention to political pamphlets in the Netherlands is even more striking if we consider that the Dutch Republic was a frontrunner of pamphleteering. To get a clearer and more historically accurate image of the political use of pamphlets, there is a need to re-evaluate them as a historical source. The main goal of this chapter is a revision of the role that pamphlets played in early modern political debates.

Keywords:Dutch Republic; political communication; political pamphlets; political tracts



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