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Introducing: Esther Baakman

Esther Baakman is a PhD-candidate at the Leiden University Institute for History.

Esther studies Atlantic news in the Dutch Republic between c.1635-1820 with a focus on printed newspapers. The longue durée approach not only allows her to see how the changing position of the United Provinces in the Atlantic reflected in news reports, but also to trace the development of the newspaper until – roughly – the Industrial Revolution.

Her research is part of Michiel van Groesen’s NWO project Covering the Ocean - Newspapers and Information Management in the Atlantic World, 1580-1820.

Fields of interest

  • Atlantic history
  • Early modern Dutch history
  • News & public opinion
  • Early modern news culture
  • Public sphere
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