RECS´ Visiting Researcher Crawford Matthews (University of Hull / University of Potsdam) gives a lecture on his PhD Project: Royal Dignity, Ceremony and Rank: Anglo-Prussian Relations and their impact 1688–1714.
The project focuses on Anglo-Prussian relations during the reign of Fredrick I. and investigates the extent to which they constituted a medium through which Frederick’s claims to sovereign status could be communicated, in front of a European audience and thus via which his royal rank was produced. Frederick’s overriding foreign policy objective was the legitimization of his fragile, and recently attained kingship and foreign relations with England were instrumentalised in order to achieve this. Demonstrating this will allow a greater comprehension of Prussian foreign policy during the period of the War of the Spanish Succession.
The lecture is part of the colloquium “Aktuelle Forschungen zur Frühneuzeitgeschichte” at the University of Potsdam.
Thu., 18th May 2017, 4 p.m.
Am Neuen Palais 10
Haus 12, Raum 05