"Wars of Empire". 50th International Military History Conference of the Military History Research Institute, Potsdam
Jointly sponsored by the Military History Research Institute, Potsdam; Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte e. V. (Military History Association of Germany); German Historical Institute, London; Hamburg Institut for Social Research
Employing a diachronic, international, comparative approach, this conference aims at a historically and theoretically substantiated understanding of asymmetric and transcultural violent conflicts at the periphery of the world system from early modern times to the present. The term „wars of empire“ is used in preference over „colonial wars“ in order to open the comparison to include conflicts beyond the heyday of the colonial empires. Wars of decolonization as well as the most recent interventions by Western states in the Third World shall be analyzed in order to determine if, and to which extent, they can be understood as continuing the tradition of the violent component of European expansion since ca. 1500, follow the same logic and have similar structures.
The conference was designed by Dr. Tanja Bührer (University of Bern), Prof. Dr. Stig Förster (Military History Association), Oberstleutnant Dr. Gerhard P. Groß (Military History Research Institute), lic. phil. Andreas Stucki (University of Bern) und PD Dr. Dierk Walter (Hamburg Institute for Social Research).
Time and place: 29 June to 1 July 2009; Kongresshotel Potsdam am Templiner See, Am Luftschiffhafen 1, 14471 Potsdam, GERMANY, http://www.kongresshotel-potsdam.de/
The conference agenda (in German) and the registration form are at: http://www.mgfa.de/html/veranstaltungen_2005.php?display_va=4981bc40a3c1c
PD Dr. Dierk Walter
Hamburg Institute for Social Research
20148 Hamburg, GERMANY
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