Book Presentation Cosmopolitan Conservatisms, Friday June 25 (16:00-17:30)

On Friday 25 June 2021, Matthijs Lok (UvA), Juliette Reboul (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) and Friedemann Pestel (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) will present their book Cosmopolitan Conservatisms. Countering Revolution in Transnational Networks, Ideas and Movements (c. 1700‒1930), which has appeared in the Brill Series Studies in the History of Political Thought.

Cover Cosmopolitan Conservatisms

This volume presents a fresh picture of the historical development of “conservatism” from the late 17th to the early 20th century. The book explores the broader geographies and transnational dimensions of conservatism and counterrevolution. The contributions show how counterrevolutionary concepts did not emerge in isolation, but resulted from the interplay between ideas, media, networks, and institutions. Like 19th-century liberalism and socialism, conservatism was the product of traveling ideas and people. This study describes how exile, mobility, and international sociability shaped counterrevolutionary identities. The volume presents case studies on the intersection of political philosophy, scholarly practices, international politics, and governmental bureaucracies. Furthermore, Cosmopolitan Conservatisms offers new approaches to the study of conservatism, including the prisms of ecology, gender, and digital history.

The presentation will take place online via zoom on 25 June between 16:00 and 17:30. SHIP series editor Prof. Annelien De Dijn and the series editors Matthijs Lok, Juliette Reboul and Friedemann Pestel will talk about the volume, and several contributors will present their chapter. You can register for this presentation by sending an e-mail to Matthijs Lok (