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This chapter investigates Dutch pamphlet coverage of the 1655 massacre of the Waldensians. Comparing textual and visual representations of the violence, the chapter argues that persecuted minorities and their advocates stepped into a complex communicative landscape when they sought publicity for foreign suffering. Close investigation of this landscape will offer insights into how early modern consumers of print media were invited to feel concern about the plight of faraway strangers.

In: Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery
In the early modern period, images of revolts and violence became increasingly important tools to legitimize or contest political structures. This volume offers the first in-depth analysis of how early modern people produced and consumed violent imagery and assesses its role in memory practices, political mobilization, and the negotiation of cruelty and justice.

Critically evaluating the traditional focus on Western European imagery, the case studies in this book draw on evidence from Russia, China, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, North America, and other regions. The contributors highlight the distinctions among visual cultures of violence, as well as their entanglements in networks of intensive transregional communication, early globalization, and European colonization.

Contributors include: Monika Barget, David de Boer, Nóra G. Etényi, Fabian Fechner, Joana Fraga, Malte Griesse, Alain Hugon, Gleb Kazakov, Nancy Kollmann, Ya-Chen Ma, Galina Tirnanić, and Ramon Voges.
In: Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery