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Arthur der Weduwen

Research assistant School of History, University of St Andrews

My research focuses on history of communication, the early modern print world, the development of the state and the growth of a politically-engaged public. My PhD (2018, St Andrews), was a study of state communication in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, focusing specifically on government and municipal attempts to influence public opinion through proclamations and ordinances. I complemented my doctoral study with an interest in the emergence of commercial news and advertising: I published the first complete bibliography of all seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish newspapers (Brill, 2017), and I am writing a study of seventeenth-century newspaper advertising in the Low Countries. Together with Andrew Pettegree I also wrote the first survey of book publishing in the Dutch Golden Age, published in 2019 by Yale University Press (in English) and Atlas Contact (in Dutch).

At St Andrews I am a postdoctoral researcher associated with the Universal Short Title Catalogue project, for which I work predominantly on the history of printing in the early modern Low Countries and Scandinavia. I also manage the annual volunteer summer programme which the USTC hosts every June and July. I have worked with the USTC project since I arrived at St Andrews as an M.Litt student in 2014. Prior to that I completed a BA in History and International Relations at the University of Exeter (2011-2014).

I am currently also working on turning my PhD thesis into a monograph, and on a project on the history of the library. The Library, A Fragile History will be published by Profile in 2021.


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    Research assistant School of History, University of St Andrews