Britain and the Netherlands: Volume V Some Political by C. A. Tamse (auth.), J. S. Bromley, E. H. Kossmann (eds.)

By C. A. Tamse (auth.), J. S. Bromley, E. H. Kossmann (eds.)

AS Dr. Coen Tamse issues out within the introductory essay particularly written for this quantity, what we name myths are all too frequently the mistakes and misconceptions of others. Time being brief and human un­ derstanding imperfect, it really is clever to believe that posterity will convict us all of pondering and appearing in a few type inside of mythological uni­ verses; just a lifeless fable is by means of universal consent famous as a fake examining of fact. And but, in our bothered century, we've got witnessed the planned fabrication of mythologies, except the inheritance of prior growths like these which nonetheless feed nationalism and anti­ Semitism. It virtually looks like mass democracies absolutely require smartly packaged and emotionally charged motives of the social and political atmosphere as an alternative for faith. in any respect occasions, the fashionable technology of public family members has complicated some distance adequate for cer­ tain regimes, or in case you search to overthrow them, to make a calculated attract the vanities, anxieties and frustrations of standard humans through supplying hugely simplified causes of a baffling international, usually in simply grasped pictorial or dramatic varieties, no matter if the thing is to situation obedience or incite to 'struggle'. the arrival of the mass media is mostly, if unfairly, taken to have opened unlimited new op­ portunities for the manipulation of our thought-processes, even lower than the edge of consciousness.

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Simply because a measure was considered equitable in itself, there was a corresponding tendency to assume that the desired situation (the natural rights of country people) had been the original one. We have distinguished three groups of privileges, in the hope of clarifying the problem. Yet we must never forget that this distinction was not consciously made, or made at all at the time. The aura acquired by the privileges in general during the Revolt served to strengthen the position of those who enjoyed a privilege of the I-maydo-what-you-may-not-do variety and so reinforced the conservative character of society.

Egbert Alting, Diarium 1553-1595, edd. W. J. Formsma and R. van Roijen (Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatien, grote serie, CXI, The Hague, 1964), p. 66. 16 The Ommelanden, which were in dispute with the town about privileges of the I-may-do-what-you-may-not-do kind, even offered to defend the city's privileges, but these were the privileges pertaining to justice and administration. During the Revolt emphasis was placed on the privileges more because of the need to justify it, to provide a legitimate basis for action, than from a desire to defend all privileges at any cost.

D' Assonville reported to Granvelle that at last Orange was being repaid in kind: E. Poullet and C. , Brussels, 1877-98), VII, 427. 7 The impact of Dutch anti-Spanish publications on England is stressed in the suggestive but not very scholarly study by W. S. Maltby, The Black Legend in England. 1558-1660 (Durham, N. , 1971). 38 THE BLACK LEGEND DURING from the sheer volume of their propaganda material, the Dutch heavily contributed to the formation of the Black Legend by developing four themes which had barely or not at all appeared in Italian hispanophobic literature: (i) the diabolical machinations of the Spanish Inquisition; (ii) the private vices of Spain's supposedly greatest king, Philip II; (iii) Spain's master plan for universal empire; and (iv) the innate cruelty of the Spanish people.

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