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Corruption In the Early Modern World

Time: Tuesday 15th January 2013, 11:00 to 12:00

Place: H0.42

Reading Material: The main reading is one recent article by Mary Lindemann of the University of Miami, Dirty Politics or 'Harmonie'? Defining Corruption in Early Modern Amsterdam and Hamburg, available at It is a short article but it raises certain key issues regarding the definition of corruption and the interesting topic of whether it must necessarily be a bad thing.

However, corruption is far more than a political issue, so please take a look at the following documents, intended to encourage people to think about corruption in a wider social and religious setting.

A short extract from Thomas Edward's Gangreana

A diagram which charts some of the early modern synonyms and vices associated with the term 'corruption'

Hard Copies: We realise that historians can spend their entire lives looking at computer screens so we are going to do our best to provide paper copies of all documents. These can be collected from Friday morning onwards from the History common room (H302) on the third floor of the Humanities Building.

Food and Drink: As always, snacks, drinks, and nibbles will be provided. We would love to see as many of you as possible; it will be a nice opportunity for an informal discussion so everyone from MA to Professor is welcome!