SPECIAL ISSUECornel Zwierlein & Beatrice de Graaf (Eds.): Security and Conspiracy in History, 16th to 21st Century
This HSR Special Issue combines both of the recently emerging fields – conspiracy and security history – for the first time by asking how we can conceive their parallel history from the Renaissance to the present. The new situation of international and national security regimes after the Cold War has not only placed security studies at the top of the Political Science agenda, but is also currently causing the emergence of a new field of security history. Likewise, Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories have found a new great interest in the post-Cold War constellation, particularly following 9/11. There has been hitherto no attempt to conceptualize the development of Security and Conspiracy in a longue durée perspective. Remaining sensitive to the ancient and medieval forerunners, we nevertheless assume that both fully developed conspiracy theories and ‘security’ as a leading political aim are phenomena mainly found in modern history. Both can be treated as dispositives in a Foucauldian sense which challenge each other – real or imagined conspiracies are threats to the security of the state or the commonwealth. Both Security and Conspiracy need to be carefully historicized.
This HSR Special Issue offers a sketch of the supposed development of the combined dispositives throughout modern history in addition to a theoretical approach. The contributions combine case studies and methodological reflections from the Renaissance to 9/11 with a majority concerning the ‘high’ and ‘late modern’ periods since 1880. International pioneers, as well as young researchers in the field of conspiracy and security history, have contributed.
Furthermore this HSR issue contains a Mixed Issue. Abstracts of all contributions are available on our website http://www.gesis.org/hsr/
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SPECIAL ISSUE – Security and Conspiracy in History
Cornel Zwierlein & Beatrice de GraafSecurity and Conspiracy in Modern History. p. 7
Beatrice de Graaf & Cornel ZwierleinHistoricizing Security – Entering the Conspiracy Dispositive. p. 46
Cornel ZwierleinSecurity Politics and Conspiracy Theories in the Emerging European State System (15th/16th c.). p. 65
Karl HärterSecurity and Cross-Border Political Crime: The Formation of Transnational Security Regimes in 18th and 19th Century Europe. p. 96.
Geoffrey CubittConspiracism, Secrecy and Security in Restoration France: Denouncing the Jesuit Menace. p. 107.
John T. HamiltonConspiracy, Security, and Human Care in Donnersmarck’s Leben der Anderen. p. 129
Beatrice de GraafThe Black International Conspiracy as Security Dispositive in the Netherlands, 1880–1900. p. 142
Constant Willem HijzenThe Perpetual Adversary. How Dutch Security Services Perceived Communism (1918–1989). p. 166
Ondrej Ditrych‘International Terrorism’ as Conspiracy: Debating Terrorism in the League of Nations. p. 200
Susanne KeesmanThe Communist Menace in Finsterwolde: Conspiring against Local Authorities? A Case Study on the Dutch Battle against Communism, 1945–1951. p. 211
Tobias HofThe Moro Affair – Left-Wing Terrorism and Conspiracy in Italy in the Late 1970s. p. 232
Jelle van BuurenHolland’s Own Kennedy Affair. Conspiracy Theories on the Murder of Pim Fortuyn. p. 257
Liesbeth van der HeideCherry-Picked Intelligence. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Dispositive as a Legitimation for National Security in the Post 9/11 Age. p. 286
Tobias A. JoppOn the Historical Roots of the Modern Welfare State: The Knappschaft Statistics of 1861 to 1920 as a Source for Quantitative Historical Social Research. p. 311
Kitae SohnThe Living Arrangements of U.S. Teachers, 1860–1910. p. 339
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