Hakluyt Society Studies in the History of Travel publishes monographs and edited collections of articles devoted to the history of travel, encompassing exploration, commerce, colonialism, diplomacy, religious pilgrimage, scientific journeys, ethnography and a variety of cultural encounters from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century. The series is inspired by the wealth of fascinating travel accounts from this period, such as those regularly published by the Hakluyt Society over the course of its long history, and aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for leading scholarship on these topics. In addition to analyses of travel accounts of European provenance, we encourage proposals that reflect a non-Eurocentric perspective of the genre of travel writing and its contexts.
The Chronicler of China Juan González de Mendoza, between Mission, Empire and History (16th–17th centuries)
Far From the Truth Distance, Information, and Credibility in the Early Modern World
By Diego Sola Garcia
March 18, 2024
This monograph provides an analysis and contextualization of an extraordinarily successful book, the History of the Great Kingdom of China (Rome 1585), by the Spanish Augustinian friar Juan González de Mendoza (1545-1618). Within a few years, this book had reached thirty editions and had been ...
By Michiel van Groesen, Johannes Müller
December 28, 2023
Information and knowledge were essential tools of early modern Europe’s global ambitions. This volume addresses a key concern that emerged as the competition for geopolitical influence increased: how could information from afar be trusted when there was no obvious strategy for verification? How did...
By Aske Laursen Brock, Guido van Meersbergen, Edmond Smith
May 31, 2023
Trading Companies and Travel Knowledge in the Early Modern World explores the links between trade, empire, exploration, and global information transfer during the early modern period. By charting how the leaders, members, employees, and supporters of different trading companies gathered, ...