International Conference "EMPIRES AND PENINSULAS. SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE BETWEEN CARLOWITZ AND THE PEACE OF ADRIANOPLE, 1699 -1829 (society, war, transition)", 9th-10th October 2009
On 9th - 10th October 2009, International Conference named "EMPIRES AND PENINSULAS. SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE BETWEEN CARLOWITZ AND THE PEACE OF ADRIANOPLE, 1699 -1829" has been held, organised by the University of Sofia „St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of History and with the support of Centre for Doctoral and Post-doctoral Research "Dialogue Europe".
The year 2009 marks the anniversary of two important historical events: it is 310 years since the Treaty of Carlowitz (1699) and 180 years since the Peace of Adrianople (1829). Both agreements frame an important transformative period in the history of Europe. For Central and Western Europe this is the transition from the Ancien régime to a post-agrarian society, from Absolutism to the modern nation state. For the South East, for the Balkans, the 18th and the first third of the 19th centuries see the "emancipation of mentality", a new mobility within the Ottoman Empire and a new concept of nationality. The period also witnesses the foundation of new (that is, old pre-Ottoman) states in the Peninsula. For its part the Ottoman ruling elite thinks seriously about reforming the Empire, convinced that without such a "turn" the state will perish.