Benjamin Schmidt

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Benjamin Schmidt teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is the Joff Hanauer Faculty Fellow and Professor of History, and specializes in early modern cultural and visual history.  His new book, Inventing Exoticism:  Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World, looks at the development of European ‘exoticism’ across several media.  Previous books include Innocence Abroad: The Dutch Imagination and the New World (2001), which won the RSA’s Gordan Prize and Holland Society’s Hendricks Prize; The Discovery of Guiana by Sir Walter Ralegh (2007); Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400–1800 (2008; with P. Smith); and Going Dutch: The Dutch Presence in America, 1609–2009 (2008; with A. Stott).