Early modern diplomats were central to the history of news and the development of the public sphere. The article by Helmer Helmers of the University of Amsterdam studies public diplomacy in early modern era Europe.
Secrecy and personal peer-to-peer relations are often the aspects that come to mind from early modern diplomacy. The article seeks to show that public diplomacy was a central aspect of early modern international relations as well. The study looks at how, when, and why early modern diplomats communicated with foreign audiences. It argues that public diplomacy opened up spaces for public debate and created transnational issues. Therefore it shaped the history of news and the development of the public sphere.
The article Public diplomacy in early modern Europe – towards a new history of news was published in Media History and is available online (abstract public).
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