Religious Preservation of Peace and Conclusion of Peace in Europe

A Co-operation project of the Herzog August Bibliothek and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Mrs Prof Dr Irene Dingel

For the first time this
 historical-critical edition of sources will provide a textual basis for comparative research on early modern peace-making in matters of religion throughout Europe. The edition will cover the period from 1529, the First Peace of Kappel, to 1788, the so-called Woellner Edict of Religion. After the Reformation and numerous religious wars ended Europe's religious unity, strategies and mechanisms to foster cooperation or at least co-existence were developed in around 50 religious peace treaties.

While more than 2000 political "intergovernmental" peace treaties known to have been signed in the period between 1450 and 1789 have been made publicly accessible, most religious peace treaties are unknown or, at best, known only in excerpts - with the exception of high-profile ones such as the Religious Peace of Augsburg, the Edict of Nantes or the Peace of Westphalia. There is no complete historical edition of religious peace treaties for scholarly research or for educational purposes.

This digital edition of sources will focus on the texts in the form they became known to the public via print (first editions). Thus, researchers will be able to assess the variety and specifics of religious peace treatise in the early modern period on an interdisciplinary level, and explore their political, juridical and theological premises and strategies of argumentation. The edition will also permit a better understanding of the varying experiences of the parties concerned, the ways in which compromises were reached, and the interdependencies between treaties.



Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Duration: October 2013 – September 2019
Contact: Andrea Opitz
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-314, Fax -173