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La réforme du système étatique européen au XVIIIe siècle

Reforming the European State System in the Long Eighteenth Century

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L'European science foundation (ESF) et la Linkoping university (LiU) organisent une conférence sur « La réforme du système étatique européen au XVIIIe siècle ». L'objectif est de retrouver les dimensions originelles des visions concurrentes, au XVIIIe siecle, de la question des politiques interétatiques en Europe.


Reforming the European State System in the Long Eighteenth Century

ESF-LiU Conference

Chairs: Professor Juha Sihvola, University of Helsinki, Finland; Dr.Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

10 - 14 September 2008
Klosterhotel, Vadstena, Sweden

Grants: some grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and travel costs.


The idea of a united Europe was by no means unknown in the eighteenth century. It is rather the case that different models for how to unite Europe were played out with such great sophistication and over such a wide terrain of ‘disciplines’ that the centrality of the issue of repairing a divided Europe, nowadays, is not always immediately clear.

During the entire eighteenth century, statesmen, diplomats, pamphleteers and intellectuals across Europe engaged in a major debate on the regulation of international politics. The rise of foreign trade since the late seventeenth century had complicated the Westphalia system of balancing powers, which appeared to have reached its limits for containing all-out warfare. Economic and military competition between Europe's dominant states persistently affected the potential of neutral states of realising their own commercial and political objectives. Within this context, an enormously rich debate about the future of the European State System emerged that absorbed all the political, moral and legal issues of earlier times. Across Europe scholars discussed the same issues, and not in isolation but through trans-national networks.

The purpose of this conference is to recapture the original dimensions of rival eighteenth-century visions of the past, present and future problem of European interstate politics. The participants will discuss questions such as: How did eighteenth-century scholars apply the great tradition of natural law to deal with the future of Europe? Which different sources of sociability and commercial morality were taken to be the appropriate means for building up a stable system of economically interconnected nation-states? How did different views of ‘decline’ of dominant states guide the perception of the development of wealth and power in the international realm? How did debates on tax innovation, finance and overseas trade and colonialism represent the main dividing lines within European political thought?

Through asking these questions, traditional historiographical categories like mercantilism and liberalism, and themes like the end of the ancièn regime, secularisation and the relation between Enlightenment and Revolution are suspended. They are replaced with a fresh outlook on schemes of cooperative regulation in international affairs (the ‘Concert of Europe’ and ‘Perpetual Peace’) and envisaged mechanisms of the Balance of Power and Armed Neutrality. Thus, the speakers at this conference address the longstanding debate on ‘small states’ and European integration and answers questions about the politics of globalisation. Drawing on a historical-political background that reaches deep into the eighteenth century, they seek to revive traditional perceptions in order to better understand the challenges of present-day European foreign policy and economic development.

  • Session 1: Small states and empires in the long eighteenth century
  • Session 2: Nordic political economy and the future of Europe
  • Session 3: Justice, law and war and the idea of a «Jus publicum europaeum»
  • Session 4: Vattel and the foundations of international law
  • Session 5: The rise of modern diplomacy 1714-1814

Invited graduate students and young scholars working on related topics will be given the opportunity to present their work during poster sessions.

Invited speakers will include:

  • Thomas Ahnert
    The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Lars Magnusson
    University of Uppsala, SE
  • Antonella Alimento
    University of Pisa, IT
  • Eric Schnakenbourg
    University of Nantes, FR
  • Olaf Asbach
    Universität Hamburg, DE
  • Luca Scuccimarra
    University of Macerata, IT
  • Knud Haakonssen
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Gabriella Silvestrini
    Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, IT
  • Istvan Hont
    University of Cambridge, UK
  • Michael Sonenscher
    University of Cambridge, UK
  • Henrik Horstbøll
    Royal Library Copenhagen, DK
  • Koen Stapelbroek
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
  • Béla Kapossy
    University of Lausanne, CH
  • Antonio Trampus
    University of Venice, IT
  • Serguei Karp
    Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, RU
  • Richard Whatmore
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Petter Korkman
    University of Helsinki, FI
  • Simone Zurbuchen
    University of Fribourg, CH


  • Klosterhotel
    Vadstena, Suède


  • samedi 13 septembre 2008
  • mercredi 10 septembre 2008
  • jeudi 11 septembre 2008
  • vendredi 12 septembre 2008
  • dimanche 14 septembre 2008

Fichiers attachés


  • histoire européenne, État européen, politique, économie


  • Chiara Orefice
    courriel : corefice [at] esf [dot] org

Source de l'information

  • Ivanka Angelova
    courriel : iangelova [at] esf [dot] org

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