★Dirk van Miert, What was the Republic of Letters? A brief introduction to a long history (1417-2008)
This article provides a chronological introduction to the long history of the Republic of Letters, moving beyond its usual early modern time-frame into the modern age. I follow the history of the Republic of Letters through its many paradigm shifts, showing that it was a far more dynamic community than is suggested by the steady use of the term itself throughout the ages. At the end of the article, I address the still unanswered question as to how many people were involved in this network. A well corroborated answer to this question (and to many others) will only be possible once the records of all surviving letters exchanged by its participants are pooled and made digitally accessible. Steps towards reaching this goal are currently being made in a large digitization project in which more than thirty countries participate.
この論文の著者、ディルク・ファン・ミエルト（Dirk van Miert）氏が編集長を務める雑誌 LIAS Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources 関連サイト。
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