Righteousness and peace kiss each other – Representations of Peace in Early Modern Europe

Early Modern Europe has been described as continent of abundant bellicosity. Between 1500 and 1800, we hardly find a year without a military conflict. The ubiquitous wars were (temporarily) brought to an end by more than 2,000 peace treaties, thus establishing a European practice of negotiating and peace-settling, a ‘culture of peace’. When peace was accomplished, it was conveyed to the public via manifold representations in art, literature, music, and celebrations. These representations of peace took over a pragmatic function: they worked in an encouraging, instructive, interpretative, appellative, normative, or even manipulative way. They were deliberatively used as means of propaganda and appealed to particular public spheres. It is these aspects that the international collaborative project ‘Representations of Peace in Early Modern Europe’ focusses on. Funded by the Leibniz Association, the project under coordination of the Leibniz Institute of European History brings together research institutions and collections in Italy, Poland, and Germany in an international and multidisciplinary cooperation. It will be based on a common corpus of sources which will be made accessible to all partners in the research platform WissKI developed by the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg with a ‘semantic web’ approach.

Title Research Project
Righteousness and peace kiss each other – Representations of Peace in Early Modern Europe

Name of the Organizing Institution
Leibniz-Institute of European History (IEG)

Name of Coordinator of the Project
Dr. Henning P. Jürgens

Duration of the Project

Further Information
You will find further information here.

Possibilities to Join the Project
Scholars with an active research interest in the topic are welcome to get into contact with the project partners and may collaborate in the framework of the research platform WissKi.


Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG)
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D – 55116 Mainz
Tel: +49 (0) 6131-39-39340
Fax: +49 (0) 6131-39-30153
Dr. Henning P. Jürgens, e-mail

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