War, Nationalism, and the Making of Germany in the Early Nineteenth Century

13.03.2014, Vortrag, DHI London

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Lecture by Ute Plannert (University of Wuppertal).

Pointing to the ‘nationalization of the war and the militarization of national feelings’, historians commonly regard the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars as the threshold of a new era of nationalism and nation-states. In Germany, the wars against the French Emperor served as a national foundation myth, much like the Declaration of Independence in the USA and the revolution in France. The impact of these wars, however, is often overestimated. They were less a revolutionary caesura than part of a long-lasting, evolutionary process of nationalization.

Ute Planert is Professor of Modern History and History Didactics at the University of Wuppertal. Her research focuses on the global history of the Napoleonic era, nationalism, gender, and war and society. Recent publications include Der Mythos vom Befreiungskrieg (2008); ‘International Conflict, War, and the Making of Modern Germany, 1740–1815’, in Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (2011); and the edited volumes Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations (with James Retallack, forthcoming 2014) and The Impact of Napoleon’s Empire: European Politics in Global Perspective (forthcoming 2015).

Start: 5.30pm

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