Arthur Weststeijn (Amsterdam, 1980) studies the relationship between politics and intellectual culture since the Renaissance, especially in the Dutch Golden Age, the Spanish Empire, and modern Italy. His research focuses particularly on the interaction between republicanism and imperialism in the early-modern period. He currently writes a comparative history of republican empire in seventeenth-century Venice and the Dutch Republic.
Before joining the University of Padua, he taught at Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen and Leiden University. He obtained degrees in history and philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
“Empire in Fragments: Transatlantic News and Print Media in the Iberian World”, Renaissance Quarterly
“The Right of Navigation: Claiming and Challenging the Free Sea in Theory and Practice", in Andrew Fitzmaurice and Rachel Hammersley (eds.), The Cambridge History of Rights, vol. 3: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
“Empire Portrayed: The Representation of Dutch Colonial Authority in the Seventeenth Century", in Alessandro Metlica and Joris Oddens (eds.), The Dutch Republic and the Lure of Monarchy (Turnhout: Brepols)