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Libelli Non Grati: Pamphlets and the Political Culture of Control

  • Craig E. Harline
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Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 116)

Abstract

Dutch Booksellers and printers, in theory forbidden to publish unauthorized political tracts, operated in practice in relative freedom. Historians have rightly made much of the extensive liberty in the Republic, but have generally downplayed the efforts of governmental bodies and their allies to control political commentary and information. This can lead, however, to a distorted image of contemporary thinking and conditions. Moreover, attempts to control the printing press reveal that those in power believed pamphlets had broad influence. The press was recognized as a means to reach an audience larger than the political elite, an audience that could not be entrusted with discussion of political matters. If access to the press could be restricted, then the knowledge and opinions of the public could in part be tamed.

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