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Handwritten Propaganda. Letters And Pamphlets In Amsterdam During The Dutch Revolt (1572–1578)

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Th e peace negotiations' rocky ride had been accompanied by an ongoing public debate in both the Dutch Republic and the Habsburg lands. For the purposes of this chapter, the author adopts Vrieler's own definition, namely that a pamphlet is a printed, non-periodical medium that is related to current affairs, that can contain any form of fiction or non-fiction, and that tries to persuade its reader of a certain point of view. The chapter is to use evidence of the public debate relating to the Truce as a window on the function of pamphlets in political debates and decision-making. Numerous studies of pamphlets as political tools exist, with reference to both the Dutch Republic and other early modern European countries. The chapter seeks to highlight how pamphleteering functioned in relation to a variety of other media that could also be used to influence opinion.

Keywords:decision-making; Dutch Republic; European countries; Habsburg lands; pamphlet; pamphleteering; political debates; public debate



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