Chapter 5 Strategies of Transnational Identification: Images of the 1655 Massacre of the Waldensians in the Dutch Press

In: Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery
Author: David de Boer

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Abstract

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.

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