Clemens Hogenstijn received the 2005 De la Court Prize from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for his book about the Patriots in Deventer.
The De la Court Prize (EUR 6,800) is awarded every three years for scholarly research in the arts and social sciences that has been performed without financial reward. Hogenstijn researched his book largely in his own time while working as a policy official for the Municipality of Deventer.
According to the jury, Hogenstijn's dissertation Het Algemeen Welzijn van het Volk. Een politiek- en rechtshistorische studie van Deventer in de Patriottentijd (Nijmegen, 2004) is both profound and broad in scope. The book is an interdisciplinary work covering both the law and history, and offers a subtle and detailed picture of the sharp conflicts between the Patriots and the Orangists in Deventer during the tumultuous 1780s. Hogenstijn places his study within the context of Enlightenment concepts of social and government reform.