CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SESSION AT ESSHC 2014 - VIENNA
Parliamentary Elites in Central and South-Eastern Europe before the Great War. State of Research and Envisioned Developments
Deadline: May 10th 2013
Organizers: Associate Professor Judit Pál, Babeº-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Associate Professor Silvia Marton, University of Bucharest
Session overview: The time period between 1848 and 1914 brought in Central and South-Eastern Europe, together with other political changes, the implementation of modern parliamentarism, both in the young national states and in the old empires. Subsequently, the new representative institution of the nation, the Parliament, became one of the main attraction points for the members of the elite. This, along with successive improvements of the electoral systems – aiming at widening the number of citizens with the right to vote – played an essential part in the professionalization of the political class, thus changing the meaning of political representation and of the election act.
The scientific interest aroused by the subject was proportional to its historic importance, though the chronological proximity (during the interwar period) and then the ideological and methodological impediments (during the communism period) inevitably limited the research, narrowing the field mainly to political history, legal history and biography. Recent elite history and historical sociology research throughout the entire area brought back the parliamentary elite within the interest frame of social history. A step towards this reorientation was the growing usage of the prosopographical method and of political theory. Research concerning the topic has been and still is carried out in all inheriting states of the former Central and South-Eastern European Empires, the currently increasing historiographical interest being the reason for our initiative.
We are aiming at organizing a session within the ESSHC 2014 - Vienna, in order to offer those interested the means of presenting the state of research upon the subject in different states, while stimulating the comparative theoretical and methodological debates and identifying perspectives for broadening and deepening the subject. Up until now, proposals have been made with titles regarding research of the parliamentary elite in the Romanian and Hungarian Kingdoms in the 19th century. We welcome contributions regarding the stages and perspectives of researching parliamentary elites, within the given time lapse, in all and any country of Central and South-Eastern Europe.
The positions of session chair and discussant are also open for those interested.
For abstract submission (max. 500 words) and/or further information please contact Associate Professor Judit Pál, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Associate Professor Silvia Marton at email@example.com
For general information please access: http://esshc.socialhistory.org/esshc-vienna-2014
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