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To the Barricades

To the Barricades is a collaborative research project on contesting power across Europe 1815-1850

This project will examine emerging and re-emerging strategies of organization, contestation and resistance, and associated political thinking, from revolutionaries to reactionaries, across Europe in the wake of the restoration of European monarchies following the Napoleonic wars and the Congress of Vienna.

The aim is to construct a network of contributors to contribute to a web-site (like the 100 days project <100days.eu>) exploring restoration, resistance and rebellion in Europe between 1815 and c.1850. Contributors will identify events and associated objects and write short entries – potentially on particular days, or events, or incidents – and others might contribute background pieces and pieces reflecting on changing terms, practices, aspirations etc.
The website will have national timelines and key events and occasions, worked up with objects, pictures, manuscripts etc., to present the (re-)emergence of protest and contestation in the UK and the restored states of Europe. The majority of entries will be short (200-250 words) pieces on an object/image explaining its significance and identifying particular incidents. There will be additional over-view entries that will be twice that length. We will be constructing the web-site and soliciting and editing entries from July 2018, with the aim of the website going live in the Spring of 2019.


Entries will also explore instances of their inter-action and cross-fertilization for ideas and strategies.
We also plan to hold a workshop and set of papers about strategies and languages of contestation in the period. These might be forms of resistance learnt and developed under Napoleonic occupation, repurposed against the old order that they were often originally aimed at restoring – conspiracies, insurrections, moral economy riots, boycotting, satire, strikes, assassinations or the emergence of new forms - demonstrations, mass petitions, pronunciamentos, monster meetings, press campaigns. In part in commentary on the idea that it is in this period that we see the fuller development of a popular politics we are interested in how far we can identify developments and shift in strategies of legitimation and integration in relation to the public. We are also interested in contributions that explore the historiography of these events.


Finally, we aim to collect, amongst other things, songs and music that sought to engage popular audiences in the cause of contestation throughout Europe, and will have a small workshop on this, coupled with a public performance in Warwick, on November 24th 2018 as part of the Warwick Words Programme. See https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ehrc/events/cfp/


We would greatly value your involvement in the project whether in the form of entries or papers or suggestions about whom we might approach to make contributions.

See also: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/pos/ for the 'Politics of Sedition' Conference on 10th Novemmber 2018.