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Politics, Scholarship, and the Iberian Routes of the Repubic of Letters: The Late Renaissance Itinerary of Vicente Nogueira (1586–1654)

In: Erudition and the Republic of Letters
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  • 1 School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA, fmontcher@ias.edu
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The trajectory of Vicente Nogueira (1586–1654) demonstrates how an Iberian intellectual who was well attuned to the composite governmental structure of the Iberian empire (c.1580–c.1640) strengthened the ties between state communication systems and learned communities during the Late Renaissance. This article highlights the political valence of historical knowledge that was gathered and distributed throughout the Republic of Letters with emphasis on the code-switching of a scholar who styled himself differently across learned communities depending on his political circumstances, interests, and interlocutors. The study of Nogueira’s itinerary demonstrates the need for a history of early modern scholarship that takes into account the ways that early modern politics and state communication systems were connected by learned networks.

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