Gathering and reworking information from Constantinople, Vienna, Venice and Rome (1664–1684)

Dr. Elisabeth Lobenwein

The project examines how Habsburg and Venetian diplomatic representatives in the Ottoman Empire operated, generating exclusive knowledge for their respective clients, and how this information was used politically and processed through the media of the time. The study is based on the idea that it is essential to examine the multiplicity of actors involved in the generation and processing of information and the corresponding means of  ...   


Imperial Imitation of the Papacy in the Early Modern Period

Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller

The universal pretense of the papacy concerning the spiritual domain in succession of the apostle Peter has been complemented at times by a more or less pronounced secular-political universalism during its history and combined with elements of imperial self-conception. In forming an image of themselves, the popes referred repeatedly to features of antique and medieval imperial symbolism, especially those popes whose name already suggested an  ...   


Übergangsgesellschaften im Vergleich. Überlegungen zur "Sattelzeit" auf der italienischen Halbinsel und in Europa

PD Dr. Lutz Klinkhammer

Ausgehend von der Analyse der Reaktionsmuster der Bevölkerung im linksrheinischen Deutschland und in Piemont auf die französische Herrschaft von 1798 bis 1814 zielt das Projekt auf eine Bewertung bestimmter Transformationsprozesse in Staat und Gesellschaft vom späten 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Restaurationszeit. Im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit steht die Generierung von neuem gesellschaftlichen Wissen, das sich erweitert um politische  ...   


Venice and the Radical Reformation

PD Dr. Riccarda Suitner

The religious landscape of the mid-16th-century Republic of Venice was characterized by the attempt of the Inquisition to infiltrate and repress the (prevalently Anabaptist) reformed conventicles which had sprung up throughout the Region. The penetration of ideas of the so-called “Radical Reformation” into this territory was easier than elsewhere in Italy, given many factors: the larger volume of international contacts and the existence of  ...