Perscensuur en het Hof van Holland, 1749-1800

Translated title of the contribution: Press censorship and the Court of Holland, 1749-1800

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The Dutch Republic is often presented as having relative freedom of press already in the seventeenth century. However, it has been argued that censorship increased during the eighteenth century because of more efficient co-ordination between authorities. This paper examines this claim by examining trials and bills in the provincial court of Holland (Hof van Holland). This court handled cases of appeal from urban courts and tried censorship cases from The Hague ‐ the political centre of the Dutch Republic. It could also propose litigation regarding censorship. Censorship convictions in this court were nevertheless rare between 1750 and 1800. The court did go at lengths to propose novel censorship laws, only to find that enactment of those laws was not a real concern of the Provincial Estates. This suggests that the political fragmentation of the Dutch Republic continued to hinder enforcement of censorship.
Translated title of the contributionPress censorship and the Court of Holland, 1749-1800
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)181-201
Number of pages21
JournalTijdschrift Voor Geschiedenis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Dutch Republic
  • censorship
  • press
  • trials
  • eighteenth century


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