Download PDF by Wyger Velema: Republicans: Essays on Eighteenth-Century Dutch Political

By Wyger Velema

ISBN-10: 9004161910

ISBN-13: 9789004161917

The concept of being freeborn republicans certain the eighteenth-century Dutch jointly. but underneath this normal label, many primary alterations existed. This e-book explores the different types of eighteenth-century Dutch republicanism. It thereby considerably contributes to our realizing of a vital interval within the improvement of Dutch political concept.

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51 Ibidem, 5, 129, 220. 52 Ibidem, 248. 53 Ibidem, 52. 55 More worrisome perhaps was the fact that substantial numbers of Dutchmen seemed to believe that the presence of a stadholder with monarchical ambitions within their republican system was to blame for most of the problems they experienced. 56 One of the attractive features of Dutch political arrangements was the fact that this state was largely composed of many semi-independent city republics. To keep such a loose conglomerate together, however, and to assure that at least some decisions could be taken with the required speed, a unifying force was absolutely necessary.

In his stunningly learned The Machiavellian Moment, published in 1975, Pocock studied republicanism not as an institutional phenomenon, as Venturi had partly done, but as a political language. This language of early modern republicanism, so Pocock claimed, had its roots in classical antiquity, more particularly in the Aristotelian notion of man as a z¯oon politikon or homo politicus, and was revived during the Italian Renaissance by a succession of Florentine humanists, from Leonardo Bruni to Niccolò Machiavelli.

The power to rule of any group smaller than the political community as a whole—that is to say either an aristocracy or a monarch—therefore, had, if it were to be called legitimate, at some point to be entrusted to it by the entire community. Democracy or popular government, it followed, was the oldest and most legitimate form of government. Now it was perfectly conceivable, he continued, that a popular assembly would entrust the power to rule to a number of elected and capable men. Aristocracy could therefore be considered a legitimate form of government.

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