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The Dutch Revolt : Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought - Martin van Gelderen

The Dutch Revolt

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

By: Martin van Gelderen (Editor)

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Published: 24th May 1993
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This is a major new English-language edition of five central texts in the history of the political thought of the Dutch Revolt. Published between 1570 and 1590 these texts exemplify the development of the political ideas which motivated and legitimated the resistance to the government of Philip II in the Low Countries, and which became the crucial part of the ideological foundations of the Dutch Republic as it started to become one of Europe's main powers. As is shown by the 1570 'Defence and True Declaration', the 1576 'Address and Opening', the 1579 'Brief Discourse', the 1582 'Political Education' and the 1587 'Short Exposition', notions of liberty, constitutionalism, representation and popular sovereignty were of central importance of the political thought and the revolutionary events of the Dutch Revolt. In the introduction, which locates the five texts in their political and intellectual context, Martin van Gelderen argues that the Revolt's political thought was as much inspired by the indigenous legacy of Dutch constitutionalism and civic consciousness as by the intellectual legacy of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation. Biographical notes and numerous annotations are provided to aid the student in exploring some of the most innovative texts of the Dutch Revolt; this edition also includes a chronology of the Revolt's main events and a guide to further reading.

"The translation is excellent and because the reader is not distracted by archaic and awkward language, the documents' content and meaning emerge clearly...Van Gelderen's introduction represents a concise, admirable example of the virtues of the social history of political thought...This book is valuable not just for those interested in Dutch political theory, but also for those who argue and teach that knowing the historical context is essential for understanding political theory and how it evolves." Joyce M. Mastboom, Sixteenth Century Journal

Preface
Introduction
Chronology
Biographical notes
Bibliographical notes
Note on the texts
A Defence and True Declaration (1570)
Address and Opening (1576)
Brief Discourse (1579)
Political Education (1582)
Short Exposition (1587)
Index
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ISBN: 9780521398091
ISBN-10: 0521398096
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th May 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34