Mary Lindemann

– "Fractured Lands: Rebuilding After the Thirty Years War" –

compares the post-war experiences in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, Mecklenburg, and parts of Brandenburg (Prignitz, Oberhavel, Ruppin, and Uckermark).  "Fractured Lands" analyzes the difficulties involved in living through, and recovering from, prolonged warfare in the early modern world. The project links up with current trends in historical scholarship that investigate the course and end of wars rather than their causes or origins. What was said in 1995, that "scholars . . . have paid far too little attention to the period following the end of armed conflict," remains true today. Moreover, contemporary and historical accounts of war damage have generally emphasized human death and distress and, almost as often, stressed the loss of valuable animals (especially plow-horses and oxen). Equally prevalent in the sources, if far less frequently remarked in the historical scholarship, are rich details concerning infrastructural losses and environmental/ecological damage.  A significant part of the larger project addresses these latter issues and forms the focus of my research in HAB during summer 2014.