Workshop on Patriotism in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Eighteenth-Century Studies Afternoon Workshop, Friday 12.10.2018

The Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies & Helsinki Computational History Group presents

Work­shop on Pat­ri­ot­ism in Eight­eenth-Cen­tury Europe

When: Friday 12.10.2018 at 14:00-18:00

Venue: Topelia, A205 (Unioninkatu 38A,

Registration (DL 10.10.2018):

European patriotism is one of the more intriguing current research topics in eighteenth-century studies. The second half of the century was a crucial period for different conceptualizations of the state. What is more, the needs and foundations for cross-European peace were born out of a necessity when the exponentially growing expenses of war shook the economy in different parts of Europe and accelerated the development of different monetary instruments. Republican thinking was concurrently transforming, smaller imperial configurations crumbled and larger ones got stronger at the turn of the 19th century. These trends among others led to a heated discussion about European patriotism and cosmopolitanism already in the eighteenth century. The idea of this one day workshop is to reflect on this phenomena ranging from Herder’s thought to French opera. 


14.00-14.15 Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki): Opening of the workshop

14.15-15.15 Eva Piirimäe (University of Tartu): Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Herder's Thought

15.15-16.00 Jaakko Sivonen (University of Helsinki): Patriots and monarchists: Prussian love of country in the second half of the 18th century

16.00-16.15 coffee break

16.15-17.00 Laura Tarkka-Robinson (University of Helsinki): True patriotism and useful folly: Raspe, Zimmermann and the consequences of national pride

17.00-17.45 Charlotta Wolff (University of Turku): Patriotism in eighteenth-century French opera

17.45-18.00 Closing of the workshop

The workshop is open to everyone, please register by Wednesday 10.10.2018 (, coffee will be served to all registered participants.