Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht) ‘Inauguring the Allied Machine. Building a System of Inter-Imperial Collective Security in Europe, 1815-1818’

In this paper Beatrice will address the hitherto neglected history of the Allied Council of Ministers that convened between 1815 and 1818 in Paris, chaired by the Duke of Wellington as an instrument of inter-imperial, indirect rule, intended to create, shape and fix the Balance of Power in Europe, and the balance of powers in France. Based on new archival findings, this first attempt of creating an administrative body of European security integration, propelled by the four great powers (most notably the UK) will be described and analyzed by using new concepts from security studies, emotional history, intellectual history of moderation and balance and imperial history on occupation and indirect rule. This paper is a first outline of a monography that is under way next year.

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Mira Siegelberg (Queen Mary) ‘Writing the History of Statelessness: Legal Thought and the History of International Order’

This talk examines the entangled history of the birth and evolution of the legal category of statelessness with ideas of rights, statehood, international law, and the history of global order in the twentieth century. Over the course of the two world wars mass statelessness transformed from a central theoretical resource for those promoting a vision of politics and law outside the state to a touchstone for the legitimation of the sovereign territorial state against other options for the political organization of humanity. The history of the distinct regimes of thought characterizing approaches to statelessness provides unique insight into the broader historical transition from a world structured by imperial forms of political and legal organization, to one organized by formally sovereign states.
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