Bocskai’s Revolt and European Information Networks (News, Diplomacy and Political Propaganda, 1604–1606) Cover Image

A Bocskai-felkelés és az európai információhálózatok Hírek, diplomácia és politikai propaganda, 1604–1606
Bocskai’s Revolt and European Information Networks (News, Diplomacy and Political Propaganda, 1604–1606)

Author(s): Kees Teszelszky, Márton Zászkaliczky
Subject(s): History
Published by: AETAS Könyv- és Lapkiadó Egyesület

Summary/Abstract: Bocskai's revolt was the first political event in Hungary in which public political propagan-da was an essential activity, which was discussed often and in several articles in the early modern European press, and of which both posterity and historical research can get a pic-ture mainly through broadly defined propaganda texts. On the one hand, the paper makes an attempt to outline the problems of information history that can be raised in relation to the revolt as well as its communication historical context, primarily the communication and propaganda challenge posed by the propaganda machine of the Habsburg court. On the other hand, it endeavors to show what answers Bocskai's revolt gave to this challenge, but not only by delineating information and communication historical connections and in-terpreting the texts along these lines, but by a thorough textological analysis necessitated by the uncertainty of the source base. Third, it gives an outlook on the European reception of the rebellion's propaganda documents. The authors do not undertake to reconstruct the whole text and information cycle, mainly because there are no archival sources available (these will hopefully turn up in further foreign research) and there are quite a few factors that are not clear yet, including the circumstances around the genesis of the texts, the channels of their dissemination as well as the relationship between the various texts and text variants. As a result, the analysis primarily endeavors to reconstruct the genesis of the texts, and it is only in the case of the Netherlands that it can provide a more detailed de-scription of the texts and the reception of the political messages carried in them.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 49-121
  • Page Count: 73
  • Language: Hungarian