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Political Pamphleteering And Public Opinion In The Age Of De Witt (1653–1672)

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In an attempt to make sense of Dutch political culture, William Temple wrote that one of the foundations of Dutch politics was that local governments in the Dutch Republic had to take public opinion into consideration. A close examination of the use of printed petitions in the Dutch Republic reveals that there is a need to redefine the nature of the period. The chapter explains the different functions and uses of petitions in the Dutch Republic. It describes how particular events caused the people who drafted these documents to start to see themselves as "the foundation of Dutch politics". The chapter shows how this episode in Dutch history changed Dutch political culture in the 1670s and 1680s. Printed petitions created among Dutch citizens a custom to turn to the weapon of popular propaganda in dire times to secure their interests in opposition of the interests of those in power.

Keywords:Dutch citizens; Dutch political culture; popular propaganda; printed petitions; William Temple



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