Een duffen politieken strijd | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 132 Number 3
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



In 1893, was founded as a response to the ‘boring news coverage of the bourgeois press’. As a self-declared neutral newspaper, inspired on the emerging Anglo-American mass press, the young daily was the odd one out in the Dutch bourgeois-journalistic landscape. This contribution shows how , as one of the largest newspapers of this period, reported about Dutch politics in the first decades of the twentieth century. Its reporting shows that the newspaper considered politics with a certain distance: as a game with accompanying rules. The most effective political strategy was that of authenticity: sincere politicians who sought to connect with their voters were praised by the newspaper. This contribution shows that research on the crossroads of political culture and media can shed a new light on the political form changes around the turn of the century. The popular press played a crucial role in shaping the new politics.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): De Telegraaf; elections; Kuyper; mass politics; popular press
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