Specialised Themes
Thèmes Spécialisés

20. Power, violence and mass death in pre-modern and modern times
20. Pouvoir, violence et mort: XIVe-XXe siècles

Thursday, 10 August, 14:00-17:00
Jeudi 10 août de 14h à 17h

Building C, Auditorium 1

Joseph Canning, United Kingdom
Hartmut Lehmann, Germany
Jay Winter, United Kingdom

Death and the excesses of power are characteristics of the 20th century. The causes and possible consequences of this oppressive individual and collective experience have so far only been scantily researched. We know more, but not enough, about the importance of power and the causes and results of the rapid increase in mortality in the 14th and 17th centuries. It will therefore be very fruitful to deepen research into this theme within an international and interdisciplinary framework, and to analyse, through comparison, the importance of power and death in the 14th, 17th and 20th centuries. In this way, it will be possible to reach a new perception of all three «crisis» epochs.

Short description of different aspects of the theme:

In particular the connections between the themes of violence, anxiety and apocalyptical explanations will be examined.

The papers range over the effects of attitudes to war, plague and famine.

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