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Michiel van Groesen

Professor of Maritime History

Name
Prof.dr. M. van Groesen
Telephone
+31 71 527 2765
E-mail
m.van.groesen@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Research

My interest in maritime history is embedded in the culture of the Dutch Golden Age and the Atlantic world. Broadly speaking my research is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on the culture of imperial expansion and the politics of global interactions. My current NWO-Vidi project 'Covering the Ocean' explores the circulation of transatlantic news in the early modern Low Countries - north and south - by means of an analysis of early printed newspapers and related media (c. 1580-1820).

In prior research I examined early modern printed travel accounts, more specifically the monumental De Bry collection of voyages that disseminated very influential textual and visual images of the non-European world. I argued that the De Brys manipulated the original accounts for a confessionally divided readership. The German editions were aimed at a Protestant audience, the Latin translations were sold in Catholic Europe. Both versions - despite their differences - helped to legitimate European colonialism in the next two centuries.

Since then I have worked on the rise and fall of Dutch Brazil as seen through the eyes of the Amsterdam print media. In 2014 I edited a volume of essays entitled The Legacy of Dutch Brazil (Cambridge), which discusses the impact the short-lived colony had on the Atlantic world from the seventeenth century until today. My second book, Amsterdam's Atlantic, came out with Penn Press in 2017. Using newspapers, prints, maps, paintings, pamphlets, and diaries, I demonstrate that Dutch Brazil transformed (and was transformed by) the early modern media landscape at home, and marked the emergence of a 'public' Atlantic world.

Curriculum vitae

2013 Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Columbia University in New York 

2011 Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London 

2008 - 2015 Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Modern History, University of Amsterdam 

2008 - 2012 NWO-Veni Research Fellow

Key publications

Amsterdam's Atlantic: Print Culture and the Making of Dutch Brazil (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ed. The Legacy of Dutch Brazil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Representations of the Overseas World in the De Bry Collection of Voyages, 1590-1634 (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2008; pbk, 2012)

Professor of Maritime History

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Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.61

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