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Rebellion and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe

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ISBN 9781032170572
June 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the seventeenth century, riots, rebellions, and revolts flared around Europe. Concerned about their internal stability, many states responded by closely observing the violent upheavals that plagued their neighbours. Rebellion and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe investigates how in this struggle for intelligence about internal discord, diplomats emerged as key information brokers and interpreters of Europe’s tumultuous political landscape.

The contributions in this volume uncover how diplomatic actors interacted with rulers, opposition leaders, informers, media entrepreneurs, and different audiences in their efforts to understand, communicate, and draw lessons from the insurrections in their time. Rebellion and Diplomacy also examines how diplomats actively tried to shape the course of internal conflicts by managing the spread news, supporting political factions at their court of residence, and even instigating violence.

Covering different European regions from the Iberian Peninsula to Scandinavia and from the British Isles to the Carpathian Basin, the book will appeal to all students and researchers interested in early modern diplomacy, politics, and news cultures.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Monika Barget, David de Boer, Malte Griesse)

  1. The Arduous Task of Governing: Reports and Perceptions of the Neapolitan Revolt (1647-48) in the Diplomatic Network of the Duke of Arcos, Viceroy of Naples (Francesco Benigno)
  2. Samuel Hartlib and the English Revolution: Communication and Parallel Diplomacy, 1640-1650s (Stéphane Haffemayer)
  3. Fanatics in Foreign Lands: Diplomacy, Surveillance and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 (Jason Peacey)
  4. Swedish Observations on the Fronde: Schering Rosenhane as Ambassador to the French Court (Malte Griesse)
  5. Communicating a Danish Conspiracy: Spanish Diplomatic Reports on Dina Vinhofvers’s Scandal, 1651 (Enrique J. Corredera Nilsson)
  6. "The Hatred Which They Bear Towards Their Kings": Hanoverian Perceptions of the Glorious Revolution (Monika Barget)
  7. Neighborhood Trouble: Popular Unrest and Expressions of Dissatisfaction in Diplomatic Reporting between Denmark and Sweden, 1622-1624 (Miriam Rönnqvist and Nils Erik Villstrand)
  8. Diplomacy and Intervention: French Negotiators to the Rescue of Hungarians during the War of the Spanish Succession (Lucien Bély)
  9. Reporting Rebellion: The Marquis d’Iberville and the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 (Daniel Szechi)

Afterword (Monika Barget)

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Monika Barget is assistant professor for digital historical research methods at the University of Maastricht. Apart from GIS and digital text analysis, her research interests include visual and political cultures of the early modern period. She co-coordinates the DigiKAR geohumanities project and contributes to the DFG Island Studies Network.

David de Boer is a lecturer in early modern history at the University of Amsterdam. His work mainly focuses on migration, religious conflict, and the politics of memory. His first book, The Early Modern Dutch Press in an Age of Religious Persecution: The Making of Humanitarianism was published in open access in 2023.

Malte Griesse is associate professor at Nord University and has published extensively on uprisings and violence in early modern Europe. He specializes in Eastern European and Scandinavian history, comparatively studying revolts and government reactions as well as their perceptions across borders.