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News Networks in Early Modern Europe

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Contribution de Johann Petitjean à l’ouvrage collectif dirigé Joad Raymond et Noah Moxham, Brill Publishing, juillet 2016, 892 pages (Collection "Library of the Written Word - The Handpress World"). 

News Networks in Early Modern Europe attempts to redraw the history of European news communication in the 16th and 17th centuries. News is defined partly by movement and circulation, yet histories of news have been written overwhelmingly within national contexts. This volume of essays explores the notion that early modern European news, in all its manifestations – manuscript, print, and oral – is fundamentally transnational.

These 37 essays investigate the language, infrastructure, and circulation of news across Europe. They range from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and from the Ottoman Empire to the Americas, focussing on the mechanisms of transmission, the organisation of networks, the spread of forms and modes of news communication, and the effects of their translation into new locales and languages.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables 
Places and Dates 
Abbreviations and Other Conventions 
Notes on Contributors 

1 News Networks in Early Modern Europe
Joad Raymond and Noah Moxham


2 European Postal Networks
Nikolaus Schobesberger, Paul Arblaster, Mario Infelise, André Belo, Noah Moxham, Carmen Espejo and Joad Raymond

3 The Lexicons of Early Modern News
Paul Arblaster, André Belo, Carmen Espejo, Stéphane Haffemayer, Mario Infelise, Noah Moxham, Joad Raymond and Nikolaus Schobesberger

4 News Networks : Putting the ‘News’ and ‘Networks’ Back in 
Joad Raymond

5 Maps versus Networks
Ruth Ahnert

6 International News Flows in the Seventeenth Century : Problems and Prospects 
Brendan Dooley

7 The Papal Network : How the Roman Curia Was Informed about South-Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean (1645–1669) 
Johann Petitjean

8 The Iberian Position in European News Networks : A Methodological Approach 
Javier Díaz Noci

9 Mapping the Fuggerzeitungen : The Geographical Issues of an Information Network
Nikolaus Schobesberger


10 The History of a Word : Gazette 
Mario Infelise

11 International Relations : Spanish, Italian, French, English and German Printed Single Event Newsletters Prior to Renaudot’sGazette 
Henry Ettinghausen

12 War News in Early Modern Milan : The Birth and the Shaping of Printed News Pamphlets 
Massimo Petta

13 Elizabethan Diplomatic Networks and the Spread of News 
Tracey A. Sowerby

14 Time in English Translations of Continental News 
Sara Barker

15 Cartography, War Correspondence and News Publishing : The Early Career of Nicolaes van Geelkercken, 1610–1630
Helmer Helmers

16 News Exchange and Social Distinction
André Belo

17 ‘Newes also came by Letters’ : Functions and Features of Epistolary News in English News Publications of the Seventeenth Century 
Nicholas Brownlees

18 ‘My Friend the Gazetier’ : Diplomacy and News in Seventeenth-Century Europe 
Jason Peacey

19 Intelligence Offices in the Habsburg Monarchy 
Anton Tantner

20 Authors, Editors and Newsmongers : Form and Genre in the Philosophical Transactions under Henry Oldenburg 
Noah Moxham


21 News from the New World : Spain’s Monopoly in the European Network of Handwritten Newsletters during the Sixteenth Century 
Renate Pieper

22 The Prince of Transylvania : Spanish News of the War against the Turks, 1595–1600 
Carmen Espejo

23 ‘Fishing after News’ and the ars apodemica : The Intelligencing Role of the Educational Traveller in the Late Sixteenth Century 
Elizabeth Williamson

24 ‘It is No Time Now to Enquire of Forraine Occurrents’ : Plague, War, and Rumour in the Letters of Joseph Mead, 1625 
Kirsty Rolfe

25 ‘Our Valiant Dunkirk Romans’ : Glorifying the Habsburg War at Sea, 1622–1629 
Paul Arblaster

26 A Sense of Europe : The Making of this Continent in Early Modern Dutch News Media 
Joop W. Koopmans

27 The Hinterland of the Newsletter : Handling Information in Space and Time 
Mark Greengrass, Thierry Rentet and Stéphane Gal

28 ‘We have been Informed that the French are Carrying Desolation Everywhere’ : The Desolation of the Palatinate as a European News Event
Emilie Dosquet

29 Promoting the Catholic Cause on the Italian Peninsula : Printed Avvisi on the Dutch Revolt and the French Wars of Religion, 1562–1600 
Nina Lamal

30 The Acquisition and Handling of News on the French Wars of Religion in Cologne : The Case of Hermann Weinsberg 
Alexandra Schäfer

31 ‘Secret and Uncertain’ : A History of Avvisi at the Court of the Medici Grand Dukes 
Sheila Barker

32 Words on the Street : Selling Small Printed ‘Things’ in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Venice 
Laura Carnelos

33 Natural Disasters and the European Printed News Network 
Carlos H. Caracciolo

34 The ‘Trouble of Naples’ in the Political Information Arena of the English Revolution 
Davide Boerio

35 Public and Secret Networks of News : The Declaration of War of the Turks against the Empire in 1683 
Stéphane Haffemayer

36 From Vienna, Prague or Poland ? The Effects of Changing Reporting Patterns on the Ceremonial News of Transylvania, 1619–58 
Virginia Dillon

37 The Venetian News Network in the Early Sixteenth Century : The Battle of Chaldiran 
Chiara Palazzo


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