By C. A. Tamse (auth.), J. S. Bromley, E. H. Kossmann (eds.)

AS Dr. Coen Tamse issues out within the introductory essay specifically written for this quantity, what we name myths are all too usually the mistakes and misconceptions of others. Time being brief and human un­ derstanding imperfect, it really is clever to feel that posterity will convict us all of pondering and performing in a few variety inside mythological uni­ verses; just a useless fantasy is by way of universal consent well-known as a fake studying of fact. And but, in our afflicted century, we've witnessed the planned fabrication of mythologies, except the inheritance of prior growths like these which nonetheless feed nationalism and anti­ Semitism. It virtually seems like mass democracies absolutely require well packaged and emotionally charged motives of the social and political surroundings instead for faith. in any respect occasions, the fashionable technology of public family has complicated a ways adequate for cer­ tain regimes, or should you search to overthrow them, to make a calculated entice the vanities, anxieties and frustrations of normal humans through supplying hugely simplified causes of a baffling international, frequently in simply grasped pictorial or dramatic types, even if the article is to situation obedience or incite to 'struggle'. the arrival of the mass media is mostly, if unfairly, taken to have opened unlimited new op­ portunities for the manipulation of our thought-processes, even under the brink of consciousness.

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In February 1581 a proposal was under discussion, in the States of Holland, according to which all officials and inhabitants would be released from their oath of allegiance to Philip II and the name of the king banished from official documents. This made the chance of peace still more remote. The council of Amsterdam decided not to apply the States' proposal before it had been discussed with the officers of the civic guards. 42 On 23 March, the very day when the States adopted the proposal, they also prohibited consultations with the civic guards.

Nos. 156 and 158. Contrary to what Knuttel im- plies, all these editions are early seventeenth-century reprints; the earliest printed text of the forgeries IS found in the additions (possibly by Karel Rijckewaert) to Adam Henricpetri's history of the Revolt of the Netherlands, Histoire des troubles et guerres civiles du Pays-Bas autrement diet la Flandre 42 THE BLACK LEGEND DURING mere puppets exactly moving in accordance with a scenario supposedly written by the Inquisition in the early 1550s.

Restoration of the privileges now became the cry. That many could distinguish between the different sorts of privileges is borne out by the situation at Groningen in 1556. The town and the Ommelanden were in a heated dispute about the town's staple privileges and related questions, while the Ommelanden were attempting to free themselves from the town's grip. At the same time, Stad en Lande, as the joint estates of the town and the Ommelanden were known, came into conflict with the Brussels government.

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