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University of Groningen
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Early modern News and Media, French Wars of Religion, Dutch Revolt, Dutch-Ottoman Diplomacy
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About Me

Rosanne M. Baars, Ph.D. (2019), University of Amsterdam, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on the history of news and media, early modern France, diplomatic history, the Ottoman Empire and maritime history.

Recent Publications

Rumours of Revolt. Civil War and the Emergence of a Transnational News Culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561-1598 (Brill, publication date 19 May 2021).

My second book argues that the second half of the sixteenth century witnessed the gradual emergence of a transnational news culture in France and the Netherlands. It is the first study to offer a comparative analysis of the reception of news in France and the Netherlands, where most of the recent ‘news studies’ have focused on the production and dissemination of news.

with Josephine van den Bent, ‘Discrediting the Dutch: a French Account of the Year of Disaster for Arab Audiences’, Early Modern Low Countries 4.2 (2020) 181-204.

This article argues that European countries not only targeted the Ottoman Porte with propaganda in the 17th century, but also tried to reach Arabic-speaking audiences in other major Ottoman cities, such as Aleppo. It does so through an analysis of a remarkable source, an Arabic manuscript pamphlet written by a Frenchman in Aleppo in January 1673, that tells the story of the exploits of Louis XIV in the Netherlands during the Year of Disaster (1672).

Het journaal van Joannes Veltkamp (1759-1764): een scheepschirurgijn in dienst van de Admiraliteit van Amsterdam (Jaarboek Vereeniging Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum; Zwolle, Wbooks, 2014).

My first book is a critical and lavishly illustrated edition of the travel journal of an eighteenth-century Dutch ship’s surgeon, Joannes Veltkamp. Placing the journal and its drawings in the wider context of surgery education,      eighteenth-century visual culture, and the genre of travel journals, the book gives a new perspective on how travel could be an essential part of a surgeon’s training and career.

‘Constantinople Confidential: News and Information in the Diary of Jean-Louis Rigo (c.1686-1756), Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in Istanbul’, Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, 41-2 (2014), 143-171.

This article argues that instead of relying on standard sources for diplomacy, such as foreign correspondence, nouvelles and newspapers, the Dutch embassy in Istanbul depended mainly on the local Levantine community and the envoy’s extended patronage networks for diplomatic news.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
France, the Netherlands
Expertise by Geography
France, Mediterranean, Netherlands
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Diplomacy, Politics, Religion