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W.R.E. Velema

Velema, W.R.E.

Wyger Velema, born in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1955. Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Researcher of Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Fellow (1 September 1994 – 30 June 1995)

During my stay at NIAS I have worked on several projects, all in one way or another belonging to the history of Dutch political thought in the eighteenth century. As a member of the nucleus “The History of Dutch Concepts”, I have written an article entitled “From the Rule of Law to Popular Sovereignty. The Concept of Liberty in the Dutch Republic, 1750-1800”. It will appear in a volume of essays on the development of the Dutch concept of liberty between ca. 1550 and ca. 1940, to be edited by E.O.G. Haitsma Mulier and myself.

As a second project, I have done research (resulting in two articles) on the concepts of citizenship, virtue and sociability in Dutch early eighteenth-century political thought. Finally, in connection with the commemoration of the year 1795, I have written two articles on the transformation of the vocabulary of Dutch republicanism in the late eighteenth century.