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Rosanne Baars


Dr. R.M. Baars
+31 71 527 2623

Rosanne Baars studied history at the University of Amsterdam (BA 2009, cum laude; RMA 2011, cum laude). In 2019 she obtained her PhD at the UvA with a dissertation on news exchange between the Netherlands and France in the sixteenth century (funded with a grant from the Dutch Research Council). Her book 'Rumours of Revolt' came out in May 2021 (Brill). She has a broad interest in the cultural history of the early modern period, especially in media and news reception. She has published on book ownership of seventeenth-century Amsterdam artists, eighteenth-century travel accounts, Dutch diplomacy with the Ottoman Empire and French propaganda in Aleppo in the Year of Disaster. She was a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute in Istanbul and Prof. J.C.M. Warnsinck fellow at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. In 2014 she published a book for a general audience on the travels of an eighteenth-century ship's surgeon to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean: 'Het Journaal van Joannes Veltkamp (1759-1764)' (WBooks, 2014). Her recent research focuses on the credibility of news in the early modern period and the role of women at the Dutch embassy in Istanbul around 1750.

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Key publications

- Rumours of Revolt. Civil War and the Emergence of a Transnational News Culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561-1598 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2021).

- ‘“The Birds Were in the Net”: Reactions in the Netherlands to the News about the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, 1572’. French History, 35-2 (2021) 145-166.

- with Josephine van den Bent, ‘Discrediting the Dutch: a French Account of the Year of Disaster for Arab Audiences’, Early Modern Low Countries 4.2 (2020) 181-204.

- Het journaal van Joannes Veltkamp (1759-1764): een scheepschirurgijn in dienst van de Admiraliteit van Amsterdam (Jaarboek Vereeniging Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum; Zwolle, Wbooks, 2014).

- ‘Constantinople Confidential: News and Information in the Diary of Jean-Louis Rigo (c.1686-1756), Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in Istanbul’, Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, 41-2 (2014), 143-171.

- with Lisa Kattenberg, 'Het leezen van goede boeken, ... is al te noodigen zaek'. Boekenbezit van Amsterdamse kunstenaars, 1650-1700’, Amstelodamum, 101-3 (2014), 134-150.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.72b



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