By C. Harline

This ebook resulted from a wish to comprehend the position of pamphlets within the political lifetime of that the majority curious early sleek country, the Dutch Republic. The virtues of abundance and coffee liveliness have made "little blue books," as they have been known as, a favourite historic source-that is why I got here to check them within the first position. I however the extra I dug into pamphlets for this truth or that, the extra questions I had approximately their 2 modern objective and function. Who wrote pamphlets and why? For whom have been they meant? How and via whom have been pamphlets delivered to press and disbursed, and what does this show? Why did their quantity bring up so significantly? Who learn them? How have been pamphlets varied from different media? in brief, i started to view pamphlets now not as repositories of historic proof yet as a old phenomenon of their personal correct. three i've got sought for solutions to those questions in governmental and church files, deepest letters, publishing files and similar fabrics approximately printers, booksellers, and pamphleteers, and naturally in pam­ phlets themselves. Like such a lot of different scholars of the early press and its items, i found basically scattered, incomplete photos of tangible con­ ditions, akin to the readership or acclaim for pamphlets. nonetheless, i discovered a lot fabric which mirrored what humans believed approximately "little books.

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Indeed, as I will try to illustrate, the importance of their opinions increased. The term "common man" is used throughout this study and merits further discussion here. Contemporaries spoke often of the f{emeente but with little elaboration-its meaning was assumed. A good place to start in trying to define it more closely is Natalie Davis's comments on the use IS Prologue of the term "people" in sixteenth century France. 42 "People" could include all the native inhabitants of a country or province, non-nobles or the non-ruling body of citizens, those of middling means but without wealth, those without a formal university education, those who worked on the land, or urban and rural craftsmen.

I have not attempted to "score" each topic according to its weight within a given pamphlet, but on the other hand I have avoided coding insignificant levels of discussion. Like Table 4, this too is a subjective analysis which waters down content but is necessary to see general patterns. With the exception of the debate over the Remonstrants, each of these themes was relevant throughout the years between 1565 and 1648. Pamphlets about Remonstrants increased so dramatically simply because they only became an issue after 1600.

More than a century of research has failed to make clear whether "sovereignty" resided at the local or the provincial level. Perhaps the best answer is, it resided in both. For the most part, provinces were independent entities. The towns considered themselves autonomous as well. Individual provinces and towns were primarily concerned with the preservation of their "privileges," long held up as the ideals of government. 38 These privileges varied; most people did not know exactly what they consisted of.

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