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The structure and dynamics of scholarly networks between the Dutch Republic and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the 17th century

  title={The structure and dynamics of scholarly networks between the Dutch Republic and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the 17th century},
  author={Ingeborg van Vugt},
This study uses computational techniques developed by social network scientists to reconstruct and analyze the epistolary relations between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Dutch Republic during the reign of Cosimo III (1670-1723). The lively epistolary exchange between these two societies allows for a comprehensive view on the transconfessional Republic of Letters, providing a framework to study the ways in which early modern scholars capitalized on opportunities in the social structure to… 
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