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Religion In The World Of Early Modern Communication

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Dutch religious culture went through a fundamental change in the transition from the 17th to the 18th century. Historians of the Dutch Republic have at their disposal rich and easily accessible collections of prints and pamphlets. For prints the most important repositories are at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Historical Museum of Rotterdam, based on the private print cabinets put together in the 19th century by Frederik Muller and Abraham van Stolk. Scholarship, firmly based on Scripture and the philosophy of the Ancients until deep into the 17th century, faced new challenges. Religion is, on the whole, rather intermittently represented in the collections of history prints. The Reformation formed the subject of a relatively large number of prints, but these were not contemporary. Interpretation has to take account of the active roles that prints played in the early modern market of information and communication.

Keywords: Amsterdam; communication; Dutch Republic; Frederik Muller; pamphlets; religion

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