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A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity

June 29, 2017 - July 1, 2017
History Faculty, Oxford University

All Souls College, High Street
Oxford OX1 1AL
United Kingdom

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This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period.  Using violence and the restraint of violence as a unifying theme, participants are encouraged to make trans-national comparisons and connections across the early modern world.  By examining large-scale, organized violence alongside broader social and cultural patterns, this conference will explore the boundaries between ‘war’ and ‘violence’, as well as how they relate to ideas of morality, social order, law, and political legitimacy in the early modern world.   We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches. Speakers include: Wayne Lee, Anthony McFarlane, Stuart Carroll, Pratyay Nath, Brian Sandberg, Cecile Vidal, Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Simon Layton, Richard Reid, and James Belich.  

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The registration fee is £36. This covers entry to conference sessions, tea/coffee each day, lunch on 30 June and 1 July, and a drinks reception on 29 June.

There is an optional conference dinner which will be held at All Souls College on 30 June; this will be a formal college dinner, for which there is an additional charge of £50 (see 'Extras' in online store). 


Peter H. Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

Marie Houllemare, Institut Universitaire de France, Université d’Amiens (CHSSC)

Erica Charters, Global History Centre, University of Oxford

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