Militarizing the Civil Society – Civilizing the Military Society

Updated: 2. October 2013

Helsinki 3.–4. October, 2013
The House of Science and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6), Room 505

The conference Militarizing the Civil Society – Civilizing the Military Society is an international symposium arranged by the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the project ‘Connections, associations and innovation: The case of the sea fortress Sveaborg, its foundation, socio-economic impact and innovative role ca. 1730–1809’ (funded by the Academy of Finland).

The conference focuses on the various aspects of interaction between the military and civil society in the eighteenth century. A particular, secondary theme that will be given attention is the Swedish mid-eighteenth-century defence policy.

Conference is open to the public with no participation fee. Please register by September 13. via the following E-form:

Preliminary Program:

Thursday 3.10.

9.00 – Registration

10.00 – 10.15 Opening Ceremony

10.15 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture I

Soldiers and Civilians in the City. Between Architecture, Town Planning and Sociology
Professor Philippe Bragard, Université catholique de Louvain

11.00 – 12.30 Session 1: The Sea and the Maritime Warfare

Session-chair: Professor Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

One Way Ticket to Hell (…and Back?). Facing Disease, Violence, Criminality and the Turk during the Morean War
Björn Forsén, University of Helsinki

Scandinavian Shipping, Neutrality and British Privateers, 1689-1783
Leos Müller, Stockholm University
Steve Murdoch, University of St. Andrews

Maritime Wars, Militarization and Civil Societies on South Brittany Coast (17th-18th centuries)
Christophe Cérino, South Brittany University

Wreckers in the 18th Century Gulf of Finland
Mikko Huhtamies, University of Helsinki


12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break (lunch not included)

13.30 – 15.15 Session 2: The City and the Army

Session-chair: Docent Mikko Huhtamies

The Economical and Administrational Boundaries in the “Twin Town” of Helsinki-Sveaborg in 1748–1808
Juha-Matti Granqvist, University of Helsinki

The Burden of Billeting Swedish and Russian Troops in Hamina and Lappeenranta in the Eighteenth Century
Antti Räihä, University of Jyväskylä

Armed Forces and Criminality in Helsinki 1748–1757
Petri Talvitie, University of Helsinki

Was an Early Modern Karlskrona an Open Cosmopolitan City? A Case of Fabian Philip, Karlskronas First Jewish Entrepreneur
Harry Svensson, Stockholm University

The Craftsmen of Sveaborg 1751–56
Sofia Gustafsson, University of Helsinki


15.15 – 15.45 Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30 Keynote Lecture II

Replacing father. Civilian Aspects of the Swedish Military, 1600-1800
Professor Maria Sjöberg, University of Gothenburg

18.00 – Rector’s Reception, University of Helsinki
University Main Building, The Reading-room, Entrance floor, Unioninkatu 34.


9.30  Registration

10.00 – 10.45 Keynote Lecture III

Grand Strategy of Russia in the Baltic and the Threat of Swedish Sveaborg, 1748-1808
Docent Jyrki Paaskoski, University of Helsinki

10.45 – 12.15 Session 3: The Economy of the War


Session-chair: Docent Panu Pulma 

Provisioning of the Military Construction Workers of Sveaborg during the Time of Governor General G. F. von Rosen (1747–1753)
Sampsa Hatakka, University of Helsinki

The Swedish State’s Fiscal System, 1745–1772
Patrik Winton, Uppsala University

Alloted Incomes. The Military Allotment Establishment 1721–1833
Fredrik Thisner, Uppsala University

Vice Admiral Carl Tersmeden and his Impact on the Parish of Esbo 1748–1767
Tryggve Gestrin, Espoo City Museum


12.15 – 13.15 Lunch Break (lunch not included)

13.15 – 14.30 Session 4: The Cultural Impacts

Session-chair: PhD Päivi Maria Pihlaja

Fortress of Harmony. Musical Connections between the Military and Civil Societies in Helsinki-Sveaborg 1750–1808
Jere Jäppinen, Helsinki City Museum

Honour, Body and Wounds. Warrior Values in the 18th Century Military Culture in Sweden
Ville Sarkamo, University of Jyväskylä

The Image of a Hero. The Funeral of a High Ranking Officer as a Manifestation of Manhood
Magdalena af Hällström, University of Helsinki


14.30 – 15.15 Panel Discussion and Closing Ceremony

15.15. 15.45 Coffee

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