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Luke Clossey

understood from a contemporary perspective. How does the Journal of Early Modern History handle religion in the face of Eurocentrism and presentism? Some journals we receive in hard copy, but in the virtual academic world reading typically involves journals pouring their contents into a river called

David Vessey

context relevant for properly interpreting a philosopher’s views?; (3) in what way must philosophers be charitable in their interpretation of a text?; (4) in what way does the history of philosophy differ from intellectual history? Since I am presenting Gadamer’s views against the background of the

Hans-Herbert Kögler

encompasses emotional motivations, symbolic assumptions, and social power practices; the introduction of the idea of an existential claim that we encounter when understanding agents and contexts; and the critique of the methodological positions of interpretive objectivism and interpretive presentism which are

David L. Marshall

1 Introduction “Presentism” is a recurrent dilemma in historical inquiry. On the one hand, concern for the present and its immediate futures is the motivator of a great deal of historical research, and relevance for the present is often both a metric of history’s importance (as assessed by

Works of John Calvin

Of all the major Reformers, John Calvin (1509-1564) had the most far-reaching influence on the modern world. Calvin's Reformation was not simply a religious movement in the sense of an ecclesiastical reorganization or a doctrinal revision; it was something that touched all areas of life, which involved a profound reorientation of the life of the individual and of society in line with the teachings of the Gospel. The aim in this series is to present the complete works of Calvin in the original editions and in their original languages.

The 'Mother of all Trades'

The Baltic Grain Trade in Amsterdam from the Late 16th to the Early 19th Century


Milja van Tielhof

In the early-modern period, the Dutch called the grain trade on the Baltic the 'mother of all trades', as they considered it to be the basis of most of their trade and shipping and indeed the cornerstone of the Dutch economy. For a very long time the mass grain exports from the Baltic were dominated by the Dutch, and
Amsterdam was the central entrepôt from which the grain was distributed over the Dutch hinterland and the rest of Europe.
This book aims to present a general history of the 'mother of all trades' and particularly shows the fundamental importance for transaction costs, including the costs for transport, insurance and protection, the quality of the local services sector in Amsterdam, the influence of monetary and mercantile policies, and the efficiency of trade organization.

Emvlemy i Simvoly (1788)

The First Russian Emblem Book. Edited and Translated by A. Hippisley



In 1788 Nestor Ambodik brought out a Russian edition of the well-known emblem book, Symbola et Emblemata, originally published in Holland in 1705 under the auspices of Peter the Great. In particular, Ambodik added what was to be the first treatise in Russian on Emblems, heraldry and classical iconology.
The present edition is a facsimile of Ambodik's Emvlemy I Simvoly, with a translation of his Russian text and an exhaustive index of all the 840 emblems. Anthony Hippisley also prefaces the edition with an introductory article throwing light on the sources of the emblem book and on its importance in eighteenth-century Russian culture.
The facsimile edition makes available to scholars a comparatively rare book that played an important role in the Russian Enlightenment and whose impact is to be seen in the Fine Arts, applied art and literature of the time.


Edited by Alexia Grosjean and Steve Murdoch

Migration is a fundamental feature of human experience. This extraordinary collection of essays focuses on a particularly intriguing sequence of migrations: those of Scots during the period 1600-1800. The book first considers the “near-abroad” (Ireland), the “middle-abroad” (Poland and Lithuania), and the “far-abroad” (the Americas), and then details a number of acutely revealing case histories of Scottish communities in Bergen (Norway), Rotterdam and the Maas (the Netherlands), Gothenburg (Sweden), Kèdainiai (Lithuania), and Hamburg (Germany). Then, concentrating on the Netherlands, the focus shifts to specific cultural/occupational milieux: exiles (usually for religious reasons), students, and soldiers or sailors. In conclusion, three leading scholars—Lex Heerma van Voss, Sølvi Søgner, and Thomas O’Connor—offer wider contextual perspectives that compare the Scottish experience with that of other countries. As Professor T.C. Smout says in his Foreword, “The present volume is a breakthrough, surely the biggest advance in the field for a hundred years.”

Contributors include: Douglas Catterall, David Dobson, Patrick Fitzgerald, Ginny Gardner, Alexia Grosjean, Lex Heerma van Voss, Waldemar Kowalski, Andrew Little, Esther Mijers, Steve Murdoch, Thomas O’Connor, Nina Østby Pedersen, T.C. Smout, Sølvi Sogner, Kathrin Zickermann, and Rimantas Žirgulis.


Edited by Jean Rott

During the last forty years there has been a remarkable resurgence in interest by 16th-century historians in the Strasbourg Reformer, Martin Bucer (1491-1551). The components and originality of his thoughts and his actions, as well as the reality of his ideas are emerging more and more. This is largely due to the new edition of his works undertaken by an international committee, established in 1952. This edition is divided into three sections: Opera Latina (of which 5 volumes have appeared since 1953 : vols. 1-3, 15 and 15 bis); Deutsche Schriften (10 volumes since 1960: vols. 1-6, 3, 7 and 17); Correspondance (vol. 1, 1979). The present second volume of the Correspondance (1524-1526) essentially covers five themes: 1) the controversies with the Roman church, 2) the evangelical propaganda, especially in the Roman speaking countries, 3) the sacramentarian dispute and the search for reconciliation, 4) the Peasant war and 5) the beginning of the anabaptist crisis.