Early Modern Privacy: Sources and Approaches (2021)

About the Publication

Michaël Green, Lars Cyril Nørgaard, and Mette Birkedal Bruun (eds.), Early Modern Privacy: Sources and Approaches, Leiden: Brill, 2021.

Privacy is often considered a modern phenomenon. Early Modern Privacy: Sources and Approaches challenges this view. This collection examines instances, experiences, and spaces of early modern privacy, and opens new avenues to understanding the structures and dynamics that shape early modern societies. Scholars of architectural history, art history, church history, economic history, gender history, history of law, history of literature, history of medicine, history of science, and social history detail how privacy and the private manifest within a wide array of sources, discourses, practices, and spatial programmes. In doing so, they tackle the methodological challenges of early modern privacy, in all its rich, historical specificity.

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