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Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe$
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Jon Snyder

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228191

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228191.001.0001

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Not Empty Silence

Not Empty Silence

The Age of Dissimulation

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Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

Jon R. Snyder

University of California Press

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

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