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Economic Reform And Neutrality In Dutch Political Pamphlets (1741–1779)

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This chapter explores the phenomenon of the propaganda letters and their relation to printed pamphlets. In the chapter importance of manuscript publication in political communication will be demonstrated by examining the handwritten letters with which Orange and other rebels bombarded the city of Amsterdam in the period 1572-1578. It seeks to asses how the rebels used these letters to try to get the Amsterdam population on their side. Two different forms of letters analysed in the chapter. The handwritten appeals by Orange and other high-ranking rebels, directed to the populace and to cities, expressed the body of political ideas of the rebels that was also communicated in printed tracts and pamphlets. The second type of letters was written by exiles to residents of their former city. The letter campaigns that were conducted by William of Orange are a telling example of this practice of tailoring messages to the public.

Keywords:Amsterdam population; handwritten letters; political communication; printed pamphlets; propaganda letters; William of Orange



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