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Financing Poor Relief through Charitable Collections in Dutch Towns, c. 1600-1800
by Daniëlle Teeuwen
Amsterdam University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-90-485-2611-6 | Cloth: 978-90-8964-793-1
Library of Congress Classification HV308.T44 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.5

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In the Dutch Republic, charitable collections, which formed the financial backbone of many poor relief institutions, were regularly organised by both religious and secular authorities. This book examines both the policies of church boards and town councils in organising these charitable appeals, as well as the general population's giving behaviour. Using archival sources from the towns of Delft, Utrecht, Zwolle, and 's-Hertogenbosch, Daniëlle Teeuwen shows how these authorities deployed organisational and rhetorical tactics-including creating awareness, establishing trust, and exerting pressure-to successfully promote fundraising campaigns. Not only did many relief institutions manage to collect large annual sums, but contributions came from across the socioeconomic spectrum.

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