Koninklijke inhuldiging 'nieuwe stijl'? Machtsrepresentatie en betekenisverlening bij de inhuldiging van Willem III na de grondwetswijziging van 1848
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SourceDe Moderne Tijd, 3, 2, (2019), pp. 98-127
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De Moderne Tijd
SubjectEurope in a Changing World; Repertoires of Representation
In recent years, historians have shown how royal rituals were a major site for legitimating and contesting power in Europe's long 19th century. This article calls for attention cases with a more ambiguous political meaning and function. It analyses how the Dutch King William III's inauguration ceremony represented the new political order following the far-reaching 1848 constitutional reform. The ceremony was planned surprisingly hastily without much attention to political events and lacked symbolical value, especially compared to other countries. Although the tradition of inauguration was organized and perceived as a ritual of political transition, it ultimately had little long-term political impact.
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