Catchment Areas and Killing Fields: Towards an Intellectual Geography of the Thirty Years' War
Knowledge and Space
This paper examines the densest concentration of universities in early modern Europe at the most tumultuous moment in their history: namely, the universities of the Holy Roman Empire in the midst of the Thirty Years’ War (1618−1648). After situating the topic on a broad geographical and chronological canvass (in Part I), the body of the papers shows how the systematic study of fluctuating matriculation rates reveals how the war transformed the academic geography both of the Empire itself (in Part II) and of the huge catchment area which surrounded it (in Part III). After summarizing some basic historiographical and methodological results, the paper concludes (in Part IV) by outlining a few of the prospects for a richer and more detailed intellectual geography of Europe in this period.
Thirty Years’ War, intellectual geography, universities, digital humanities, matriculations, academic mobility, student travel, Holy Roman Empire, Scandinavia, central Europe, Dutch Republic