New book: Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery

cover imageWe are delighted to announce that our edited volume Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery is now available in print and as an e-book. The books has appeared in the academic series Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History.

Some of the chapters are based on conference papers delivered during our first Volkswagen Fellowship Symposium “Visualizing Revolt and Punishment” held at the at the Mahindra Humanities Center (Harvard University) in April 2014. Other chapters evolved from contributions to the second session “Visualizing Revolt and Punishment in Early Modern Times”, which took place at the Bischofsvilla in Konstanz in November 2014.


Monika Barget, David de Boer, Nóra G. Etényi, Fabian Fechner, Joana Fraga, Malte Griesse, Alain Hugon, Gleb Kazakov, Nancy Kollmann, Ya-Chen Ma, Galina Tirnanić, and Ramon Voges.

The volume editors and the contributors after the Volkswagen Fellowship Symposium “Visualizing Revolt and Punishment” in 2014


In the early modern period, images of revolts and violence became increasingly important tools to legitimize or contest political structures. This volume offers the first in-depth analysis of how early modern people produced and consumed violent imagery, and assesses its role in memory practices, political mobilization, and the negotiation of cruelty and justice.

Critically evaluating the traditional focus on Western European imagery, the case studies in this book draw on evidence from Russia, China, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, North America, and other regions. The contributors highlight the distinctions among visual cultures of violence, as well as their entanglements in networks of intensive transregional communication, early globalization, and European colonization.

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We would like to thank all contributors, the series editors, and the publishing staff at Brill for the successful collaboration.

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