Commercial Republicanism in the Dutch Golden Age
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Commercial Republicanism in the Dutch Golden Age

By Arthur Weststeijn
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The Dutch seventeenth century, a ‘Golden Age’ ridden by intense ideological conflict, pioneered global trade, participatory politics and religious toleration. Its history is epitomized by the life and works of the brothers Johan (1622-1660) and Pieter de la Court (1618-1685), two successful textile entrepreneurs and radical republican theorists during the apex of Dutch primacy in world trade. This book explores the many facets of the brothers’ political thought, focusing on their ground-breaking argument that commerce forms the mainstay of republican politics. With a contextual analysis that highlights the interaction between thinking and acting, between intellectual and cultural history, the book reveals the international significance of this commercial republicanism and it proposes a novel, rhetorical approach to seventeenth-century Dutch political culture.

Table of Contents
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    • Commercial Republicanism in the Dutch Golden Age
    • Copyright
    • Dedication
    • Contents
    • List of Illustrations
    • Acknowledgments
    • A Note on References
    • Introduction
    • I THE MAKING OF AN ŒUVRE
      • A Humanist Education
      • The Dutch Debate
      • The Making of an Œuvre
      • Conclusion: Politics as a Ballgame
    • II THE RHETORIC OF THE MARKET
      • Persuading the Passions
      • In the Public Arena: Rhetoric in Action
      • Fables and Frankness
      • Conclusion: The Rhetoric of the Market
    • III WISE MERCHANTS
      • Hobbes & the Foundation of the Commonwealth
      • Citizenship in Theory and Practice
      • The Ethics of Self-Interest
      • Representing the Wise Merchant
      • Conclusion: Commercial Citizenship in Perspective
    • IV THE COMMERCIAL COMMONWEALTH
      • The Batavian Athens
      • The Politics of Free Trade
      • Monarchy Dethroned
      • Towards a Merchant Democracy
      • Conclusion: The Radical Republic
    • V CONCORD AND TOLERATION
      • The Erasmian Moment
      • The Relation between Church and State
      • Toleration: Pluralism for the Sake of Unity
      • Epilogue: From Freedom of Religion to Freedom of Speech?
    • Conclusion: The Brothers De la Court and the Commercial Republican Tradition
    • Bibliography
    • Index
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