On the 2nd of October 2020, the book Fighting Terror after Napoleon: How Europe Became Secure after 1815 by Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf will be launched during the Forty-Fourth Annual Conference (virtual) of the German Studies Association. Together with security and history experts around the globe, Prof Dr. de Graaf will present her book and chair a discussion on security cultures in the 19th century. The book tells the story of European interstate security cooperation by key historical figures such as Metternich, Castlereagh, Wellington and Alexander I in an attempt to restore order after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815. In doing so, Prof. Dr. de Graaf shines a new light on the project of European integration and it’s relation to international norms and the collective fight against terror. The book presentations includes a round table discussion with, amongst others, Prof. Dr. Sir Christopher Clark (University of Cambridge), Prof. Dr. Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney), Prof. Dr. Brian Vick (Emory University) and students from the Master International Relations in Historical Perspective from Utrecht University.
We cordially invite you to join us on the 2nd of October 2020 from 17:00-18:45 for the online event. Please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will share with you the link to the event.
About the book:
After twenty-six years of unprecedented revolutionary upheavals and endless fighting, the victorious powers craved stability after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815. With the threat of war and revolutionary terror still looming large, the coalition launched an unprecedented experiment to re-establish European security. With over one million troops remaining in France, they established the Allied Council to mitigate the threat of war and terror and to design and consolidate a system of deterrence. The Council transformed the norm of interstate relations into the first, modern system of collective security in Europe. Drawing on the records of the Council and the correspondence of key figures such as Metternich, Castlereagh, Wellington and Alexander I, Beatrice de Graaf tells the story of Europe’s transition from concluding a war to consolidating a new order. She reveals how, long before commercial interest and economic considerations on scale and productivity dictated and inspired the project of European integration, the common denominator behind this first impulse for a unification of Europe in norms and institutions was the collective fight against terror.