HU Institutional Strategy: „Safety of the State“ – und „Staatsschutz“. Politische Sicherheit in Großbritannien und Preußen (1815–1867) (Funding Line Creating Opportunities)

In the 19th century the ruling powers of Great Britain and Prussia felt challenged by a revolutionary threat, which was explained as a danger to state security and therefore was sought to be controlled. Within modern research Restoration is regarded as a phase of suppression of political movements. However, the thesis of this research project is that the core of the government techniques was not suppression. Instead, an innovative and flexible security policy was invented, which ensured stability to the political system of both states. With this shift of emphasis the project combines approaches of later security history and of the history of emotions with the concept of Governmentality. Security policy can be traced at two levels. First, the security discourse requires the ability to anticipate threats and to formulate expectations of the future. Security policy indicates the territorialisation of power structures and has extended the capacity to gather and process information massively. Secondly, security policy aimed at the population, which was thought to have destabilising potential. The power techniques of disciplining and control were complemented by a security policy, which was reform initiating, politics negotiating and therefore state legitimizing. Thus it was possible to reach a stable change in the political order and to prevent an overthrow of the traditional power structures.

Principal investigators
ZUKO, 3. Säule (Details) (Präsidialbüro / 3. Säule)

DFG-Exzellenzinitiative: Zukunftskonzepte

Duration of project
Start date: 10/2014
End date: 03/2015

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