Dr. Rosanne Baars (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2019) was a post-doc in the project Building Peace in Early Modern France until November 2023. She has a broad interest in the political and cultural history of the early modern period, especially in diplomacy and peacebuilding, religious coexistence, and media and news reception. After graduating cum laude from the University of Amsterdam, she obtained an NWO Humanities Research Grant for her project on Franco-Netherlandish news exchange during the French Wars of Religion and the Dutch Revolt. In this project, she analyzed the impact of the religious troubles between Catholics and Protestants on a local level in France and the Netherlands. What were the connections between the Dutch Revolt and the French Wars of Religion, and how did knowledge about the wars impact urban audiences in both countries? The trade edition of her dissertation was published as Rumours of Revolt. Civil War and the Emergence of a Transnational News Culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561-1598 (Brill, 2021). She has also published on Netherlandish reactions to the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre (French History, 2021), on Arab propaganda in Aleppo about Louis XIV's military campaigns during the 1672 Year of Disaster (with Josephine van den Bent, Early Modern Low Countries, 2020), and on Dutch-Ottoman news-gathering, diplomacy, and religious coexistence (LIAS, 2014). She is also the author of the popular scientific book on a surgeon’s travels in North Africa and the Caribbean, Het journaal van Joannes Veltkamp (1759-1764). Een scheepschirurgijn in dienst van de Admiraliteit van Amsterdam (WBooks, 2014).
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