Vehemence and Victims: Using generic lexicons to investigate emotions in historical Dutch parliamentary debates on war victim legislation (1945-1990)

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This working paper analyses digitized historical parliamentary debates on post-war welfare legislation for victims of the German occupation of the Netherlands. We confront a well-researched historical case with an additional, computational approach. This case also allows us to explore and evaluate the use of generic emotion lexicons in an innovative approach to historical research.
Period03 Jun 202005 Jun 2020
Event titleDH Benelux 2020 - Online: #Goesonline
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • digital humanities
  • war victims
  • parliamentary history
  • history of emotions
  • emotion mining
  • text mining
  • statistics
  • welfare legislation
  • parliamentary debate