Discourses of Decline: Essays on Republicanism in Honor of Wyger R.E. Velema

J. Oddens (Editor), Mart Rutjes (Editor), Arthur Weststeijn (Editor)

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This volume explores the relevance of decline within the republican tradition. While scholarship on republicanism thrives, the idea of decline, which has been prominent in republican theory since antiquity, has received relatively little attention. The essays in this volume take a broad cultural perspective and study a wide variety of authors and (con)texts to situate decline among the key concepts in the history of republicanism. Most contributions focus on the Dutch Republic during the Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions, the area of expertise of Wyger Velema, to whom this volume is dedicated. Other case studies include early modern Spain and Venice, the German Enlightenment, and the Weimar Republic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages237
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-47065-1
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-43542-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in the History of Political Thought

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