Court-Capital or Commercial Centre? The Hague and the urban press, 1850-1860In the 18505, urban newspapers played a crucial role in defining the identity and future development of The Hague. Focusing on the increasing conflict between two divergent urban representations - the court-capital versus the commercial centre - Furnée argues in his article that newspapers have played a particularly important role both in the legitimating and in the contestation - and, eventually, in the transformation as well - of the strong class-hierarchy existing in this urban society. The Dagblad van 's-Gravenhage, the city-council's own newspaper, plainly supported the established urban system of the court-capital and Consolidated it both in the selection and the organization of its dreary messages. In the wake of the constitutional revolution of 1848, opinion papers such as the 's-Gravenhaagsche Nieuwsbode and the 's-Gravenhaagsch weekblad however, constructed, a new vision of The Hague as the 'third commercial centre' after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In leading articles and letters to the editor, they not only asserted a dramatic revision of public policy, but also reflected and stimulated the formation of dealers, manufacturers, shopkeepers and artisans in their joint quest for increasing social status and political power.

media history, press, newspapers
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TMG Journal for Media History; Vol 4, No 2 (2001): De stad in het nieuws; 26-50

Furnée, Jan Hein. (2001). Hofstad of koopstad? Den Haag in de stedelijke pers, 1850-1860. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 4(2), 26–50. doi:10.18146/tmg.508