• Thea Lindquist deposited Networking the Early Stuart Diplomatic Service: An Introduction on Humanities Commons 6 years, 3 months ago

    The project I would like to introduce focuses on a prosopography of the early Stuart diplomatic service (1603-1649) and networks among its members. It aims to gather, structure, analyze, and visualize biographical data associated with early Stuart diplomatic representatives. Discovering the patterns and connections in this data can help answer questions related to the increasing professionalization of the diplomatic service, among others. Learning more about factors such as the diplomats’ educational preparation, social status and mobility, career paths, and religious and political networks can provide a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the service’s evolution as an institution, as well as its role in operationalizing English foreign policy in this key period leading up to the Civil War and Interregnum. The project data are drawn from heterogeneous sources. One of the project’s goals is to produce a combined, enhanced data set on early Stuart diplomats to which related projects can readily link via standard identifiers and common data structures. In the poster, I will present this on-going project, the current state of my research, and share preliminary results.