Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age

'Le Bastiment des Affections'. Dutch Public Diplomacy, 1568-1648

Golden Age Colloquium by dr. Helmer Helmers (University of Amsterdam)

11Oct2016 15:30 - 17:00


Whereas recent scholarship has analyzed and theorized the practice of public diplomacy in modern international relations, early modern diplomacy is still often thought of in terms of peer-to-peer interaction and secrecy.

This paper will argue, by contrast, that public diplomacy was very much an early modern invention, when print and public performance were crucial diplomatic tools. Focusing on the crucial case of the Dutch Republic, where the practice flourished, it will examine how, when and why 'media diplomats' managed Dutch international relationships by communicating with publics rather than peers.

Location: Bushuis (Oost-Indisch Huis), VOC-zaal

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