Not Empty Silence

Jon R. Snyder

in Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520228191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944442 | DOI:
Not Empty Silence

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The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been called “the age of dissimulation” in Europe. Dissimulation played a role in the establishment of the early modern culture of secrecy that stirred the hearts of the Europeans, wherein states and societies grew in size and complexity. As growth continued, the production, circulation, and reception of information resulted in a number of new and vexing problems for rulers and subjects. Meanwhile, the ever-increasing circulation, contamination, transformation, and appropriation of information management among individuals and governments' security were questioned. Also, discourse in terms of norms and protocols, which persistently escaped the gaze of history, was made by dissimulation that strived to remain covert, incognito, and unspoken.

Keywords: Europe; modern period; culture; states; societies; norms; protocols

Chapter.  9947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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