Religious Peacekeeping and Peacemaking in Europe, 1500–1800

After the Reformation and numerous religious wars ended Europe’s religious unity, strategies and mechanisms to enable cooperation or at least co-existence were developed in ca. 50 religious peace treaties. While the more than 2000 political “intergovernmental” peace treaties from the period between 1450 and 1789 have been made accessible to the public, most religious peace treaties are unknown or, at best, known only in excerpts – with the exception of high-profile ones such as the Religious Peace of Augsburg, the Edict of Nantes or the Peace of Westphalia.
This historical-critical source edition will for the first time provide the textual basis for comparative research on early modern, religion-related peace-making in all of Europe. The edition covers the period from 1529, the First Peace of Kappel, to 1788, the so-called Woellner’s Edict of Religion. It focuses on the texts in the form they became known to the public via print (first editions). This will allow researchers to assess the variety and particularity of religious peace treatise in the early modern period on an interdisciplinary level, enabling inquiries concerning political, juridical and theological premises and argumentation. The edition will also enable a better understanding of the varying experiences of the parties concerned, the ways in which compromises were reached, and the interdependencies between treaties.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) in Wolfenbüttel and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in a first tranche until 2016.


Title Research Project

Religious peacekeeping and peacemaking in Europe, 1500–1800: Digital edition of early modern religious peace treaties


Name of the Organizing Institution

Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG)


Name of Coordinator of the Project

Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel


Duration of the Project



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Possibilities to Join the Research Project

The project team is eager to get into contact with researchers working in the field of Early Modern religious peacekeeping and peacemaking. We are planning a conference on the topic to be held in 2017.



Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel
Leibniz-Institute of Europan History (IEG)
Alte Universitätsstr. 19
D-55116 Mainz

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