Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarised Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920 (MWME)

Project Participants

By analysing militarised cultural encounters, the Collaborative Research Project (CRP) examines one of the most significant forms of mass cross-cultural contacts in Europe and its borderlands. The project focuses on Western, i.e. British, French and German, armies. The CRP explores their experiences in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, and the Middle East as well as the persistent impact these encounters had on the society of their respective home countries. The central question is: to which extent did military cultural encounters help to shape collective perceptions of ‘the self’ and ‘the other’, of Europe and its borders in the period between 1792 and 1920? The research project will use a comparative and synthesising approach as well as interdisciplinary methodology. This will allow for the comparison of conditions, forms and impact of cross-cultural contact on three different levels: synchronically by comparison of different armies and nationalities in a given time span; spatially by comparison of different cultural spaces and zones of contact; and, finally, diachronically by comparison of different periods within the ‘long 19th century’, from the Revolutionary Wars to the First World War. The consortium is comprised of sub-projects organised by four Principal Investigators, all bringing to the project their expertise in both military history and cultural history as well as their rich experience in the planning and execution of large international projects. A co-operation with German and British museums and archives will allow us to create an online exhibition that complements the research project. Thus, elements from holdings of several European institutions can be assembled under a common theme and made accessible to the general public. In view of the forthcoming centenaries of 1813/15 and 1914 the CRP’s research topic is particularly likely to attract a great deal of interest as well as public attention outside academia.

Associated Partners: 

Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Munich, DE

Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, DE

Militärhistorisches Museum, Dresden, DE

National Army Museum, London, UK

Preußen-Museum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Wesel, DE

1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Berlin, DE