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Title: Foreign heroes and Catholic villains : radical Protestant propaganda of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)
Author: Foster, Darren Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2736 3864
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2012
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My dissertation examines radical Protestant propaganda of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). It investigates the radicals’ depiction of foreign allies of the German Protestants as well as the presentation of German Catholic leaders in pamphlets and broadsheets of the war. Through analysis of representative sources portraying Prince Bethlen Gabor of Transylvania and King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, it examines the arguments used to gain support for foreign Protestant figureheads among the moderates of the Protestant camp. The dissertation also investigates the presentation of Emperor Ferdinand II and Duke Maximilian of Bavaria in order to determine how propagandists denounced German Catholic rulers as no longer worthy of German Protestant allegiance or tolerance. My conclusion demonstrates how radical propagandists sought to change moderate Protestant attitudes towards German Catholic rulers and foreign allies through a cohesive and sophisticated campaign.
Supervisor: Smart, Sara Sponsor: German Academic Exchange Service ; Bessie Rook Memorial Fund ; University of Exeter ; Rolf and Ursula Schneider Foundation, Duke August Library, Wolfenbüttel ; Institute of European History, Mainz
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: radical Protestant propaganda Thirty Years' War Bethlen Gabor Gabriel Bethlen Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden Emperor Ferdinand II Duke Maximilian of Bavaria pamphlets broadsheets identity 17th century text Feindbilder campaign ; House of Habsburg Dreißigjähriger Krieg