War, the State and Entrepreneurs in Early Modern Europe

War, the State and Entrepreneurs in Early Modern Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Vom - Bis
01.12.2011 - 02.12.2011
Markus Meumann

International Conference

Organisatory committee: Hans Cools (KULeuven); Marjolein ‘t Hart (University of Amsterdam); Markus Meumann (Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg); Rafael Torres Sanchez (University of Navarra), Griet Vermeesch (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) and René Vermeir (Ghent University)


Thursday 1 December

From 10.00: Tea and Coffee

10.45 – 11.00 Welcome and introduction by Hans Cools (KULeuven)

11:00 – 12:00 Key note lecture by David Parrott (University of Oxford): Military Revolution or Military Devolution? Early Modern Military Change and Continuity

12:00 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Session 1: Entrepreneurs within state structures
Chair: Marjolein ‘t Hart (University of Amsterdam) – Comment: René Vermeir (Ghent University)

- Rhoads Murphey (University of Birmingham): Rewarding Success in Military Enterprise: Forms Used for the Incentivizing of commanders and their troops in the Ottoman military system of the 16th and 17th centuries”

- Thomas Goossens (Vrije Universiteit Brussels): Military administration and army provisioning in the Austrian Netherlands, 1725-1765

- Andrea Thiele (Forschungszentrum Gotha / IZEA Halle): The prince as military entrepreneur? Smaller Saxon territories sending "Holländische Regimenter" to the Dutch Republic

15.00 – 15.30 Tea and coffee

15:30 – 17:30 Session 2: Entrepreneurs and the market for military supply
Chair: René Vermeir – Comment: Markus Meumann (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

- Rafael Torres Sanchez (University of Navarra): War, the state and entrepreneurs in Spain during the eighteenth century. The economics of military supplies: market and privileges?

- Jeffrey Fynn-Paul (Vrije Universiteit Brussels): Military Supply in Brabant, 1690-1748: Tracing Stability and Change in Economic Networks at the Local, Regional, and National Levels During a Time of Political Upheaval

- Johann Von Diest (University of Potsdam): Commercial Activities with the Armed Forces - The Arms Industry in Brandenburg-Prussia in the 18th Century

- Stephen Conway (University College of London): Entrepreneurs and the recruiting of soldiers

19.00 h Conference Dinner

Friday 2 December

From 9.00: Tea and coffee

9:30 – 12:00 Session 3: Entrepreneurs and naval warfare
Chair: Hans Cools – Comment: Victor Enthoven (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

- Helen Paul (University of Southampton): The Fiscal-Naval State: Suppliers of the Royal Navy and the Royal African Company.

- Michiel De Jong (The Netherlands Defence Academy), War, state and merchant companies in the Dutch military expansion overseas

- Louis Sicking (University Leiden), Military entrepreneurs at sea, c.1400-1700

- Wietse Veenstra (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Supplies for Surinam. Entrepreneurs and the Zeeland expedition to Surinam (1667-1683)

12.00 – 13.30: Lunch

13:30 – 15:30: Session 4: Entrepreneurs and war finance
Chair: Hans Cools – Comment: Joost Jonker (Utrecht University)

- Aaron Graham (University of Oxford): Warfare, Finance and the British Military Entrepreneur, 1689-1714

- Carlos Alvarez Nogal (University Carlos II de Madrid): Spanish Monarchy´s bankers and the war in Flanders

- Guy Rowlands (University of St Andrews): War, corruption and agency government under Louis XIV: the case of the treasury of the ordinaire des guerres.

- Pepijn Brandon (University of Amsterdam): Entrepreneurs and war finance in the Dutch Republic

15.30 – 16.00: Tea and coffee

16.00-17.00: General discussion and concluding remarks, introduced by Marjolein ‘t Hart (University of Amsterdam)