[Hum_events] Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies

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The Political Culture of the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1566-1648

Cosponsored by the Netherlands Consulate General of Los Angeles and the 
Centrum voor de Studie van de Gouden Eeuw, Universiteit van Amsterdam

a conference arranged by Peter Arnade, California State University, San
Margaret C. Jacob, UCLA, and Henk van Nierop, Universiteit van Amsterdam

The multi-pronged series of events known as the Dutch Revolt (1566-1648) is
one of early modern Europe's greatest upheavals. The Revolt resulted in the
dismissal by the Estates General of the Netherlands of the Spanish Habsburg
Philip II as monarch, and in the establishment of a commonwealth that became
an economic and cultural bellwether of seventeenth-century Europe.
Participants in the Revolt hotly debated theories of political resistance,
the limits of monarchical rule, and the value of popular sovereignty. In the
religious sphere, important deliberations over the accommodation of
difference and liberty of conscience took place, while Catholics and
Calvinists squared off over the practice of their faiths. The Revolt
transpired within an urban world whose forms of sociability anticipated the
Habermasian public sphere of later liberal society. The Revolt also
reverberated throughout Europe, and drew many key states into its orbit.
Still, the events of the Dutch Revolt are not fully appreciated in
contemporary Anglo-American scholarship. Even within the Dutch and Belgian
tradition of scholarship on the Revolt, there has been no comprehensive
effort to assess the popular media of the Dutch Revolt and its general
political culture. This interdisciplinary conference brings together
specialists in history, art history, and literature from the U.S., Belgium,
England, France, and the Netherlands to explore the cultural forms
--pamphlets, broadsheets, theater, popular prints, balladry, and ceremony,
among others-- deployed by participants in the Revolt to stake out political
and religious commitments and to forge a rebellion.

Conference papers will be accessible from this page as they are received,
two weeks before and two weeks after the conference. They will be mailed to
registrants by request.

Registration fees-UC faculty & staff: $15; students with ID: no charge;*
others: $30. 

*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the
registration form. Fees are not refundable. Lunch and other refreshments are


This event is scheduled at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
located at 2520 Cimarron Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018.  The library is one
block east of Arlington Avenue and two blocks south of the Santa Monica


The conference begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes approximately at 5:00 p.m.
on Friday and Saturday.


To view the program schedule, please visit the following website -


For more information please contact 310-206-8552.


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