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Research project

The polemics between Protestant ‘moderns’ and Roman Catholics in the Netherlands, 1840-1910

What representations of Protestant moderns by Roman Catholics, and vice versa, are reflected in 19th-century ‘casual’ media published between 1840 and 1910, and can we see a development over that period?


The research question is in vestigated on the basis of the collection of 19th-century theological brochures in the Leiden University Library. The focus of my research is on the polemic methods used by both parties: aspects of rhetoric, including the question of how history is being deployed in the discussion.

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