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Poison In Print: Pamphleteering And The Deaths Of Concini (1617) And The Brothers De Witt (1672)

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In this chapter, the author argues that Dutch foreign policy was shaped and reshaped in a discursive process, in which the Declaration of Reasons and several accompanying pamphlets played a pivotal role. The chapter aims to understand the Declaration as significant in the development of the revolution in Dutch foreign policy, which was achieved through a discursive process as encapsulated in foreign policy documents and pamphlets. Dutch historians in general have been reluctant, to say the least, to suggest that political ideology did play a role in Dutch foreign policy. The chapter attempts to analyse the language used by the Declaration, to see how the Declaration shaped Dutch foreign policy discourse. It shows how a political document such as the Declaration may be a historical actor in its own right, which not only reshaped the political reality, but was itself an essential part of it.

Keywords:Declaration of Reasons; Dutch foreign policy; foreign policy documents; pamphlets; political ideology; political reality



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