Suverænitet og Absolutisme

Louise Lindhagen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Many contemporary historians see The Westphalian Peace (1648) as a turning point in European history. The reasons for these interpretations of The Westphalian Peace are primarily the developments of state sovereignty and absolutism. The aim of this project has been to analyse one of these interpretations, the work Stat og Nation (1992) by the Danish historian Knud J. V. Jespersen (1942-). Stat og Nation is constructed on an alternation between periods of stability and instability. Applying the two methodological concepts, ‘the space of experience’ and ‘the horizon of expectation’, created by the German historian Reinhart Koselleck (1923-2006), Stat og Nation is analysed. Especially, the two periods that surround The Westphalian Peace are analysed in order to find how Jespersen establishes the conception of time in the given periods. The conclusion of the project is that Jespersen’s constructions of stability and instability depend on the extent to which the horizon of expectation is predictable. Contrary, the space of experience is only used to describe the differences between the systems of stability and instability. With Jespersen’s explicit aim in mind it is finally concluded that Stat og Nation is presented as a single argument for the fact that this alternation and conception of time are specific to European history.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jun. 2012
VejledereMichael Harbsmeier


  • Knud J. V. Jespersen
  • Reinhart Koselleck
  • Suverænitet
  • Den Westfalske Fred
  • Absolutisme
  • Fyrstestaten