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Models Of An Imagined Community: Huguenot Discourse On Identity And Foreign Policy

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This chapter investigates how Huguenot exiles imagined their own identity, and what the consequences were for their attitude towards the Grand Alliance and France. It focuses on the discursive community and briefly discusses the Huguenots in question, a small group of Huguenot authors that were connected through their affiliation with William III. It also focuses on four different religious models of identity and their consequences for foreign policy views: the wars of religion, Hebrew, pastoral and apocalyptic models. Although they are presented as 'pure' models, it should be noted that narratives often integrated, and arguably even mixed up. Finally the chapter argues that Huguenot authors used discursive models in order to understand their own identity and decide upon a proper course of action.

Keywords: discursive community; foreign policy; France; Grand Alliance; Hebrew; Huguenot exiles; religious models of identity; wars of religion



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