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Glory without power? Montesquieu’s trip to Holland in 1729 and his vision of the Dutch fiscal-military state

Levillain, Ch.-E. (2010) Glory without power? Montesquieu’s trip to Holland in 1729 and his vision of the Dutch fiscal-military state. History of European Ideas, 36(2), 181-191. ISSN 01916599.

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Official URL: doi:10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2009.11.004

Abstract

This paper aims at setting Montesquieu’s 1729 sojourn in the Dutch Republic within its specific Dutch context whilst reconsidering the impact this short period may have exerted on his work. Based on a wide variety of Dutch, English and French sources, the article offers a study of Montesquieu’s Dutch networks and contacts, a comparative Franco-Dutch approach to taxation and fiscal policy and an insight into the history of the stadholderate under William IV. The main argument made in the paper is two-fold: first, that the Dutch Republic was a mirror Montesquieu held up to the Frenchmonarchy, allowing him to put a number of ideas of government to the test; secondly that, owing to the fluctuating nature of Dutch political events between 1729 and 1748, the Dutch model remained somewhat elusive in Montesquieu’s broader understanding of the paradigm of republican regimes.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS)
ID Code:8336
Deposited On:15 Dec 2010 16:12
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