An interesting event if you get this in time...
The Center for German & European Studies and the Dept. of History
cordially invite you to a presentation by the Early Modern historian
Johannes Dillinger. He will speak on the nexus between state-building
and a discourse on treason and terrorism.
Dr. Johannes Dillinger, Oxford Brookes University, England "Treason.
Arson. Poison: Traitors and Terrorists in the Early Modern Period"
Tuesday, March 24, 12:00-1:20 PM
1210 Heller Hall (History Dept. conference center)
Is terrorism a 20th-century phenomenon? People in the early modern
period recognized a variety of political crimes: "crimen laesae
majestatis," "perduellio," "breach of the Empire's peace" or simply
"treason." The legal definition of these crimes helped to outline the
ideal of the well-ordered state. On a more concrete level, the
emerging states of the early modern period had to face crimes that
resembled latter-day terrorism in many ways. The authorities as well
as the populace feared organized gangs of criminals in the pay of
rival political or religious leaders. These gangs were said to attack
the civilian population using arson and mass poisoning in order to
destabilize whole states. The fear of the terrorist "state destroyer"
was part and parcel of state building from its very beginning.
DR. JOHANNES DILLINGER is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at
Oxford Brookes University, England. He received a Ph.D. from the
University of Trier. His dissertation, a comparative study of 1300
witch-trials in two German principalities, won the Friedrich Spee
Award for outstanding contributions to the historiography of
witchcraft. He also won a prestigious Emmy Noether Grant of the
German Research Association.