Digital Book Launch on Historical Security Studies: Christian Wenzel: Ruine d'estat. Sicherheit in den Debatten der französischen Religionskriege, 1557-1589

Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher's picture
November 24, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, French History / Studies, Peace History / Studies

Security is a central and unexplored issue when it comes to the French Wars of Religion in the 16th century. For the first time systematically and focused on contemporary patterns of interpretation, this study analyses imaginations of security and their function in these confessional struggles. A broad debate on security comes to light, dealing with questions of an endangered state, endangered salvation, and the threat of God’s wrath for individuals and collectives. On the one side, this provides new perspectives on crucial events and processes of the French Wars of Religion. On the other side, it also contributes to Historical Security Studies by elaborating the analytical concept of “Historical Security Communication” which enables deeper insights into the complexities and ambivalences of imaginations and functions of security in the Early Modern period.

To JOIN, please send an e-mail to We will circulate the detailed login information one day  before the event.

Moderation:         PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher (#Herder Institute#)

Commentaries:    Dr. Werner Distler (Philipps University Marburg),  Prof. Dr. Volker Seresse (Christian Albrecht University of Kiel)

Christian Wenzel holds a PhD in Early Modern History from Philipps University Marburg (2017). He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Early Modern History at Philipps University Marburg and an Associate Member of the Collaborative Research Centre 138 “Dynamics of Security.” His research interests include the French Wars of Religion and French History in the 16th century, Historical Security Studies, and guarantees in Early Modern peace treaties and international law.

Digital Book Launch on Historical Security Studies is a new event series launched by the Collaborative Research Cluster 138 “Dynamics of Security. Processes of Securitization in historical perspective”

Contact Info: 

PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher

Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Gisonenweg 5-7

D 35037 Marburg