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Thesis defence

Reconciliation on the Banks of the Danube

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15 April 2024

16:00 - 18:30 CEST


Sala del Torrino and Zoom

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PhD thesis defence by Konstantinos Poulios on the Congress of Carlowitz (1698-1699) and the Supra-Cultural Diplomatic Practices of Peace-making at the End of the Seventeenth Century.

The present thesis explores the inter-polity peace-making norms and practices during the late-seventeenth century through the first comprehensive analysis of the Peace Congress of Carlowitz (1698-1699), which ended the Sixteen Years’ War between the Ottoman Empire and a coalition of Christian powers, the so-called Holy League. It perceives reconciliation as a process that must pass through various determined phases to achieve completion and as a theatrical play containing specific and particularly choreographed acts. It equally contends that the Carlowitz Congress, the first genuinely multi-religious such diplomatic gathering of the early modern period, reveals the extent to which inter-cultural diplomatic encounters were primarily based on supra-cultural and long-established peace-making procedures and attests that congress diplomacy, far from being the cultural monopoly of a specific geographical area, was quickly supra-culturally appropriated and evolved as a practice across Europe during the second half of the seventeenth century. 


Miriam Felicia Curci


Olga Katsiardi-Hering (University of Athens)

Jan Hennings (Central European University)

Prof. Glenda Sluga (EUI)


Giancarlo Casale (EUI)

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