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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.

Event details of 'Le Bastiment des Affections'. Dutch Public Diplomacy, 1568-1648
Date 11 October 2016
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis
Room Location: Bushuis (Oost-Indisch Huis), VOC-zaal
Organised by dr. Helmer Helmers
Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age

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.

Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis

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

Kloveniersburgwal 48
1012 CX Amsterdam