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Palgrave Macmillan

In Praise of Ordinary People

Early Modern Britain and the Dutch Republic

ISBN 9781137380517
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The discipline of social history has for many decades focused on the lives of so-called "ordinary" people. Less studied, however, has been the ways in which the perceptions and roles of these individuals changed over time - both in historical theory and practice. In particular, in Europe beginning in the sixteenth century, they were no longer simply ignored, feared, or denigrated by elites: they came to be seen, however cautiously, as having value through their skills and crafts, or in their ability to reason, or even in their contributions to anchoring the stability of the state. It is not accidental that these sorts of practices on the part of ordinary people became valorized more visibly in the English and Dutch contexts. After 1550 the Dutch Revolt cast ordinary people, particularly in urban settings, as participants on either the Catholic Spanish side or among the Dutch rebels and their reformed churches. Meanwhile, the English civil wars of the 1640s did something similar, and also produced a body of theoretical literature on the capacities of ordinary men and even women that became central to Western democratic thinking. In the fascinating array of studies gathered here, we see how the study of these participants' social identities imparts historical texture and enables us to understand early modernity with greater clarity.

Margaret C. Jacob is Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA, USA. She is the author of numerous books in the history of science, intellectual history, and early modern studies, most recently The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and European Economic Development, 1750-1850 (2013).

Catherine Secretan is Directrice de recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. She has published many scholarly papers, monographs and translations on Dutch political ideas in the Early Modern Period (16th-17th century). Among her recent work is Le 'marchand philosophe' de Gaspar Barlaeus (2002), De la Vie Civile: 1590 (2005), and A Letter on the Principles of Justness and Decency, Containing a Defence of the Treatise De Cive of the Learned Mr. Hobbes (2013).

Introduction: Margaret Jacob and Catherine Secretan
PART I: A NEW SELF-PERCEPTION
1. The 'Simple Burgher' of D.V. Coornhert (1522-1590): A Dutch Freethinker Opens the Door to a New Age; Dorothee Sturkenboom
2. Common People as Individuals: Hobbes's Normative Approach to the Ordinary Mind; Luc Foisneau
3. News as a Path to Independence: Merchant Correspondence and the Exchange of News during the Dutch Revolt; Jesse Sadler
PART II: THE CAPABILITIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE AND THE BIRTH OF THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WORLD
4. 'Ordinary' People and Philosophers in the Laboratories and Workshops of the Early Industrial Revolution; Larry Stewart
5. Accounting and Accountability in Dutch Civic Life; Jacob Soll
PART III: NEW APPROACHES TO THE POPULIST VOICE
6. The People in Politics: Early Modern England and the Dutch Republic Compared; Maarten Prak
7. The Populist Voice of the Early Enlightenment; Margaret C. Jacob
8. 'This fleshlike isle': The Voluptuous Body of the People in Dutch Pamphlets, Novels and Plays 1660-1730; Inger Leemans
9. Ordinary People in the New World: The City of Amsterdam, Colonial Policy and Initiatives from Below, 1656-1664; Frans Blom and Henk Looijesteijn
PART IV: FORGING THE INDIVIDUAL
10. Depression and Evangelicalism in the Family of Esther Tuke; Phyllis Mack
11. Self-Disciple and the Struggle for the Middle in Eighteenth-Century Britain; Matthew Kadane

Luc Foisneau, Maison Française d'Oxford, UK
Jacob Soll, University of Southern California, USA
Frans Blom, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Henk Looijesteijn, International Institute of Social History, Netherlands
Larry Stewart, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Inger Leemans, VU University, Netherlands
Maarten Prak, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Jesse Sadler, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Dorothee Sturkenboom, independent scholar
Matthew Kadane, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University, USA

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