Vienna 1815: the Making of a European Security Culture

5 November 2014  -  7 November 2014
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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How does diplomacy serve to restore security in a world of crises, conflict and right out wars? The European heads of states not only managed to beat Napoleon in 1815, they also succeeded in negotiating peace between the major European powers, and established a security system for the decades thereafter of which the newly constituted Kingdom of the Netherlands was a substantial part.

The Young Academy and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will be organising a major international conference this autumn about the Congress of Vienna, which took place from 1814 to 1815. A discussion of the fruits, merits – but also weaknesses – of the origins of the European security system and ensuing culture will put our time of global upheaval, pending crises and calls to arms in a historical perspective.

More than forty researchers will attend the conference in Amsterdam to discuss the Congress, the new diplomatic culture with which it became associated, the shifting of international alliances, and its cultural legacy.

The programme consists of

Public opening 1814 – 1914 – 2014
Lessons from the Past, Challenges
 for the Future


5 November 2014, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Fully booked)


Netherlands’ National Archives
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20, 2595 BE  The Hague

Presentations by:


  • Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of The Hague and former minister of Foreign Affairs) – 200 years Conference of Vienna and the Creation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Niek van Sas (Professor of History after 1750, University of Amsterdam) – The United Kingdom of the Netherlands (1814-1831). European Bulwark or Security Risk
  • Christopher Clark (Regius Professor of History, Cambridge University) – From collective security to European catastrophe, 1815-1914
  • Mark Jarrett (Author of  The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy: War and Great Power Diplomacy after Napoleon) – Commentary: Architects versus Sleepwalkers? Discussing the system of Vienna for today
Moderator: Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University)

Academic Conference


6-7 November 2014


The Trippenhuis, The building of the Academy
Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Presentations by:


  • Eckart Conze (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
  • Matthias Schulz (University of Geneva)
  • Marieke de Goede (University of Amsterdam)
  • Stella Ghervas (Harvard University, United States)
  • Mark Jarrett (Author of  The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy: War and Great Power Diplomacy after Napoleon)
  • Jos Gabriëls (Huygens ING, The Netherlands)
  • Lotte Jensen (Radboud Universiteit, The Netherlands)
  • Jeroen van Zanten (University of Amsterdam)
  • Matthijs Lok (Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Janneke Weijermars (Huygens ING, The Netherlands)
  • And many others

Registration and costs

Attendance is free of charge. You may register using this form. Please indicate which days you plan to attend.

Organising committee:

The conference is an initiative of:

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