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Workshop – The political culture of the post revolutionary monarchy

The political culture of the post revolutionary monarchy

Date: March 28, 2014
Time: 11:00-16:00 hrs
Venue: University of Groningen, Harmony Building, room 1312.0018
Credits: 1 EC (auditors) / 2 EC (speakers)
Organisation: Monika Baar (RUG), Jeroen van Zanten (UvA), Matthijs Lok (UvA)

The bicentennial of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2013 has generated many publications on the Dutch monarchy in the nineteenth century (the best known are the three biographies of the three Dutch Kings Willem I, Willem II, and Willem III). In this workshop we will explore the nature of the nineteenth century monarchy in political and cultural history. After the French revolution, the monarchy as a form of government was no longer self evident. Nineteenth century monarchies struggled in their attempts to find a new legitimation. On one hand monarchies of the Restoration era tried to undo the rupture of the revolution and relied on (invented) tradition and memory politics in their quest for stability. On the other hand, innovative political and cultural strategies were used in attempts to reconstruct the monarchy and redefine the relations between the monarchs and their subjects. In the nineteenth century, monarchies were contested but also flourished: in many ways the nineteenth century was a monarchical century. In this workshop we will discuss the contested nature of the nineteenth century monarchy as well as the methods and approaches which can be used in studying the monarchical political culture in the Netherlands and beyond. What are, for instance, the difficulties involved in writing a biography of a king?

Confirmed speakers: Daniel Schönpflug (Berlin), Jeroen Koch (UU), Laurien Hansma (RUG) and Jeroen van Zanten (UvA). Research master’s students and PhD candidates are invited to present their own research.


11.00-11.15 Welcome: dr. Matthijs Lok (Amsterdam)

11.15-12.15 dr. Daniel Schönpflug (Berlin): ‘Love and Politics: The House of Hohenzollern and the Transformation of Dynastic Marriages in the 19th century

12.15-12.45 Presentation Bart Verheijen (Ph.D student Nijmegen)

12.45-13.15 Lunch

13.15-13.45 dr. Jeroen Koch (Utrecht), ‘The biography of Willem I’

13.45-14.15 Presentation Laurien Hansma (Ph.D student Groningen)

14.15-14.30 Tea

14.30-15.00 dr. Jeroen van Zanten: ‘Mirabeau and the King’ (Amsterdam)

15.00-15.30 Presentation Geerten Waling (Ph.D Leiden)

15.30-16.00 Closing discussion and remarks: Dr. Monika Baar (Groningen)



  • Heinz Dollinger , ‘Das Leitbild des Bürgerkönigtums in der europäischen Monarchie des 19. Jahrhunderts’, in: Karl Ferdinand Werner (ed.). Hof, Kultur und Politik im 19. Jahrhundert (Bonn 1985)