Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920


“Making War, Mapping Europe” is an international collaborative research project, analysing militarized cultural encounters. It examines one of the most significant forms of mass cross-cultural contacts in Europe and its borderlands from the Revolutionary Wars to the First World War. The project explores the experiences of German, British and French soldiers stationed on the European periphery and in the Middle East as well as researching the persistent impact these encounters had on the society of their respective home country.

The main question is: to what extent did military cultural encounters help to shape collective perceptions of ‘the self’, ‘the other’, of Europe and of its borders in the period between 1792 and 1920?

The research project will utilize a comparative and synthesizing 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.