Meanderend door het institutionele landschap: De ontwikkeling van de institutionele inrichting van het Generale Zijlvest der Drie Delfzijlen en het Winsumer- en Schaphalsterzijlvest vanaf het begin van de veertiende tot tweede helft van de vijftiende eeuw.

Reinder Klinkhamer


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In the existing literature about the watermanagement of the Northern Netherlands, the medieval period is often described as a homogenous starting point from which the responsible organisations (zijlvesten) evolved into their current forms. The purpose of this thesis is to elaborate on the medieval history of these organisations, especially concerning their development through time. With the help of a theoretical framework of rules designed by Brigitta Dolfing, I analysed four documents in which the rules of two of these zijlvesten were recorded. I concluded that the aim of the rules written down by these organisations did not change in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Furthermore, by comparing the situation in medieval Groningen with the situation in medieval Flanders and Holland, I formulated an explanation for this continuity. I concluded that the aim of the regulations of the two zijlvesten was to facilitate deliberation between the representatives of the smaller and older organisations, which constituted the zijlvesten.

Based on the comparison between the zijlvesten and their counterparts in Holland and Flanders, I concluded that this continuity was partly the result of the fact that the large and powerful landowners remained concerned with the activities in the rural areas. Furthermore, the absence of a central form of government in the area in which we now call the province of Groningen, made the centralisation and empowerment of the zijlvesten impossible.
Originele taal-2Dutch
UitgeverijScience Shop, University of Groningen
Aantal pagina's41
StatusPublished - jun-2019

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