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Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots: The Political Culture of the Dutch Revolt

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The Dutch Revolt has long been hailed as the triumph of political freedom over monarchical tyranny. In 1781, John Adams observed that the American Revolution was its "transcript." Known for its many protagonists King Philip II, the Duke of Alba, the counts of Egmont and Hornes, radical Calvinists, obstreperous townspeople, and William of Orange the Dutch Revolt brought int ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Cornell University Press
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Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots is an account of the shift from a series of dukedoms dependent on an uncompromisingly Catholic sovereign to a more conscious and collective set of nations bent on religious and civic reform. Arnade begins by introducing the Dutch countries as a set of diverse counties, many of which struggle with subordination, often prompting revolt, which in turn earns it prompt royal retaliation and often humiliation. The primary sovereigns in question are the Holy Rom ...more
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Nov 20, 2015 Alexander Kennedy rated it really liked it
Peter Arnade in Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots positions iconoclasm at the center of cultural and political upheaval of the Dutch Revolt. With the spread of Protestantism, Catholic idols became targets for violence. As Arnade asserts, “the riots were no sideshow to the great constitutional and theological debates of 1566, but their dynamic interlocutor” (93). Religious imagery and ritual had been used by the king to legitimate and lend a sacral nature to his authority. Thus, while an a ...more
Dragan Buljevac
Mar 03, 2015 Dragan Buljevac rated it it was amazing
beatiful book.
a nice look into the history of Dutch revolt but with a twist. not that much a factual one, although the facts are obviously all covered but a cultural one. a story of a terrible violence and place of cultural phenomena in it. talking politics XVI century. presence of a king, processions, symbolls of faith, prints and poems and how this was used or abused in that time. human condition in its most naked and the role of games we play and how they get used in politics and war.
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