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The Culture of Communication in the Dutch Golden Age

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 6:30 – 7:30pm

The Culture of Communication in the Dutch Golden Age

A public lecture by former Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Prof Andrew Pettegree (University of At Andrews).

Abstract: The Dutch Republic, born from nothing during a half-thwarted rebellion – was the true wonder of the seventeenth century.  Its astounding economic growth spawned many world-leading industries, among them publishing: to any serious collector Amsterdam was ‘the bookshop of the world’.  But this ambitious little state was also contentious: riven by political factionalism and deep religious divisions, leading to repeated and often murderous struggles for power.

This paper considers how these two very different sides of the new state, the elegance poise of the pre-Enlightenment and an often mean-spirited political activism, were reflected in the output of the printing press.  It draws on work undertaken by the St Andrews Universal Short Title Catalogue project group, not least in Trinity College, home, with the Fagel collection, to the largest collection of Dutch pamphlet material outside the Low Countries.  What emerges is evidence of an often surprisingly conservative taste in reading, which existed alongside widespread innovation in media forms, used not just to serve a traditional reading public, but for advertising, lobbying and the development of Europe’s most vigorous culture of news and public information.

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