Waarom Nederland in 1848 geen revolutie kende | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 133, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



In 1848, a wave of democratic revolutions struck most of Europe, but not the Netherlands. Historians have provided only partial explanations from a range of perspectives, such as socio-economic, socio-political, and institutional. We argue that none of these are fully tenable or satisfactory by comparing the Dutch situation with countries that did experience revolutions in 1848. Also, we add a cultural perspective by studying the role of the Dutch consensus culture. After tracing its roots, we identify its key characteristics and use these as a prism to interpret several governmental sources, brochures, and newspaper articles. On this basis, we argue that it is likely that the consensus culture strongly contributed to the stability of Dutch society during the European revolutionary months of 1848. Without wanting to present this perspective as the definitive explanation, we claim that (political) culture as such deserves more attention in studies to the Netherlands during 1848.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Dutch consensus culture; revolutions of 1848; vergadercultuur; Willem II
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