The Dutch Enlightenment and Patriotism: Mennonites and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Friesland

Kuiper, Y., 2016, European Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries: Contributors, Detractors, and Adapters. Jantzen, M., Sprunger, M. S. & Thiesen, J. D. (eds.). North Newton, Kansas: Bethel College North Newton, Kansas, p. 71-90 20 p. (Cornelius H. Wedel Historical Series; vol. 18).

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'Enlightenment' is a contested concept among contemporary historians. How did the so-called Dutch Enlightenment contribute to the transformation of the political culture in the Dutch Republic during the last quarter of the eighteenth century? This case-study on the province of Friesland shows the important contribution of Mennonite merchants and intellectuals to the public debate in Friesland on the American Revolution, the formation of civic militias and the (failed) Patriot Revolution in this province in September 1787.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries
Subtitle of host publicationContributors, Detractors, and Adapters
EditorsMark Jantzen, Mary S. Sprunger, John D. Thiesen
Place of PublicationNorth Newton, Kansas
PublisherBethel College North Newton, Kansas
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781889239095
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameCornelius H. Wedel Historical Series


  • Enlightenment, Modernity, Mennonites, Dutch Republic, Friesland, Patriotism

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