Workshop: The Partitions of Poland between Turning Point and Continuity – New Perspectives on a Period of Change (1772–1815)

The year 2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the First Partition of Poland-Lithuania in 1772. This unprecedented division of territories between the Russian Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy and Prussia set in motion a process that, with its own logic, led to the complete disappearance of the Rzeczpospolita by the end of the century and has decisively shaped European history up to the present day. The Partitions can undoubtedly be ascribed the character of a turning point in European history, although they were by no means necessarily accompanied by caesuras in every area.

This ambivalence between ruptures and continuities, characterised by the establishment of new political, economic and socio-cultural orders with a simultaneous perpetuation of old institutions and hierarchies, will be examined and discussed at a workshop using new research approaches "from above" as well as "from below". Particular emphasis will be placed on thematic diversity, allowing us to understand 1772 as both a problem of perception and a structural problem.

The event is organised by Oleksandra Krushynska and Benedikt Stimmer from the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (DSHCS) together with the Department of Eastern European History (IOG) and will take place on 1 December 2022 in the Hörsaal of the IOG on the campus of the University of Vienna (keynote by PD Dr. Markus Krzoska) and on 2 December in the IOG Dissertant*innenraum (workshop). It is aimed at young scholars whose research deals with the time of the Partitions in the late 18th century and wants to promote exchange within the academic community.

The workshop program with the exact schedule as well as a reader with all the abstracts can be found here:

As a key phase for (East-Central) European history in general, the Partitions are also relevant beyond the narrow subject-specific framework for numerous disciplines of historical and cultural studies, as they set the course for the imperial reorganisation of Eastern Europe in the long 19th century. All interested persons are therefore invited to attend. Due to limited space available for the workshop day on 2 December, please register in advance with Benedikt Stimmer (