Cort van der Linden (1846-1935) : Minister-president in oorlogstijd : een politieke biografie

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Cort van der Linden (1846-1935) : Minister-president in oorlogstijd : een politieke biografie

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Cort van der Linden (1846-1935) : Minister-president in oorlogstijd : een politieke biografie
Author: Hertog, Johannes Paul den
Publisher: Uitgeverij Boom, Meppel
Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2007-11-07
Keywords: Biography
Child protection acts
Constitutional revisions
Cort van der Linden (1846-1935)
First World War
International law
Abstract: This political biography analyzes the political influence of, and methods used by, P.W.A. Cort van der Linden (1846-1935), Dutch Prime-Minister from 1913 to 1918. While he was a Professor of Economics he developed a view of liberalism based on German idealism which also included a progressive use of Social Darwinism. This view was what he called “the theory of a higher sense of justice.” The application of this theory is evident in his legislation to protect children (1901) as well as in the constitutional revision of 1917. According to Van der Linden’s views, it was ‘a political necessity’ to introduce general male suffrage. He also made the future introduction of female suffrage possible, and, in spite of criticism from Kuyper, the leader of the Calvinistic antirevolutionary party, he made possible the equal treatment of private, denominational, and state schools. The non-partisan attitude of the Prime-Minister was also important for the maintenance of neutrality in the Netherlands during the First World War. Van der Linden stayed in close contact with Germany while Foreign Secretary Loudon spoke to the French. In addition to all these efforts, the Prime-Minister had to settle disputes within his cabinet, with commander-in-chief Snijders and with Queen Wilhelmina.
Description: Promotor: J.Th.M. Bank
With summary in English
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Hertog, J.P.den, 2007, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789085064992
Sponsor: Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting Leids Universiteits Fonds NWO-reisbeurs Stichting Het Scholten-Cordes Fonds

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