Vehemence and Victims: Emotion mining historical parliamentary debates on war victims in the Netherlands

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Abstract

This paper analyses digitized historical parliamentary proceedings on
post-war welfare legislation aimed at alleviating the suffering of victims of
the German occupation of the Netherlands. The history of this legislation
has been described and analysed extensively in Dutch historiography. The
political discussions and welfare policies it encompassed have become
emblematic for a perceived ’emotional history’ of the post-war Netherlands.
We take established views on these discussions, and their emotional nature,
as a starting point for a distant reading exercise using (external) lexicon-
based emotion mining. We show that the received wisdom concerning
emotionality in post-war parliamentary discussions cannot be replicated
using emotion mining techniques and discuss the consequences of this
finding.
Original languageEnglish
Article number42
Pages (from-to)61-79
JournalDH Benelux Journal
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • digital history
  • emotions history
  • text mining
  • emotion mining
  • emotion lexicons
  • computational text analysis
  • war victims
  • Parliamentary History

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