photograph showing St. Pauls Cathedral and the City of London

An International Conference

organised by the University of Amsterdam and the
Centre for Metropolitan History (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)

Metropolis and State in Early Modern Europe (c.1400-1800)

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust and
the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO)

photograph showing the houses of parliament and Big Ben

to be held at the

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HU

27–28 March 2006

Derek Keene (, Michael Limberger (,
Marjolein 't Hart (


Monday 27 March

9.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Derek Keene
Welcome and Introduction

CHAIR: Derek Keene

10.10 Michael Limberger (History, KUBrussel) and Marjolein 't Hart (University of Amsterdam)
Antwerp and Amsterdam: the autonomy of the metropolis vis-à-vis the central state, 1530-1830
10.30 Discussion
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Frank Hatje (History, University of Hamburg)
The art of balancing the powers: Hamburg's fragile autonomy, 1618-1868
11.50 Discussion
12.30 Lunch

CHAIR: Marjolein 't Hart

14.00 Equipo 4704 (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid: Alfredo Alvar, Elena M. García, Juan C. Zofío, Teresa Prieto, Leonor Zozaya, Miguel A. García, Beatriz Valverde)
Social cohesion and immigration in Madrid: the city and the court, 1550-1650
14.20 Discussion
14.50 Cátia Antunes (History, Leiden University)
Imperial metropolis, Atlantic port, and absolutist capital: Lisbon 1580-1715
15.10 Discussion
15.40 Tea
16.00 Guy Saupin (International and Atlantic Historical Research Centre, Nantes)
A comparison of the relations between Bordeaux, Nantes and the French royal state during the eighteenth century
16.20 Discussion; followed by general discussion of afternoon session

Tuesday 28 March

9.30 Coffee

CHAIR: Michael Limberger

10.00 Ed King (Political Science, University of Concordia, Montreal)
To awe and stupefy: Machiavelli's advice to the Florentine Prince
10.20 Discussion
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Maarten van Dijck (History, University of Antwerp)
Unmanageable cities, intrusive states: the difficult relation between local and central justice in late medieval and 16th-century Brabant
11.40 Sheila Seymour (Royal Holloway, University of London)
The London shrieval election of 1682: Restoration politics in a crucible
11.50 Discussion
12.30 Lunch

CHAIR: Derek Keene

14.00 William C. Baer (School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California)
Paris and London: state views on metropolitan growth, 1550-1610
14.20 Discussion
14.50 Alan R. Macdonald (History, University of Dundee)
Hosting the Estates: Edinburgh and parliament in early modern Scotland
15.10 Discussion
15.40 Tea
16.00 Ian Archer (History, University of Oxford)
London and Parliament, 1350-1720
16.20 Discussion; followed by general discussion of afternoon session
17.00 Closing remarks
17.30 Drinks

Please note that places are strictly limited and there will be a charge of £25 to cover registration, lunches and refreshments


The conference booking form is available to download as:

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Please print, complete and return the form with payment to: Olwen Myhill, CMH, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (Tel: 020 7862 8790; Fax: 020 7862 8793; Email: by 20 March 2006.

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