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A Europe of Courts, a Europe of Factions
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11/19/2014 to 11/21/2014
When: 11/19/2014

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Location: German Historical Institute in Rome
Organization: German Historical Institute in Rome, Marie Curie Actions (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF 328536), Università Roma Tre, Istituto Storico Austriaco, Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma (EEHAR), Instituto Universitario “La Corte en Europa” (IULCE-UAM)

Abstract: Recent political history has paid great attention to non institutional politics and the challenge of the State paradigm for Early Modern Europe. The study of networks and micropolitics has enabled the publication of several works in which royal courts meant the very decision-making centres. According to this personality-centred order around the prince, policy was based on the notions of service, favour and allegiance. Discrepancy and opposition were developed through the building of personal groups which struggled for access to patronage and political influence around the prince. Only at a European scale arise the problems linked to the research of these groups of power, which are both conceptual and methodological. This conference aims to analyse and compare diverse factional experiences from different European courts (Catholic, Protestant and Muslim) and to contribute to a general debate on how was policy made in Early Modern Europe and how shaped informal groups the birth and development of diplomacy.

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