Conference “Monarchical Succession and the Political Culture of 19th-Century Europe”

This conference at the University of St Andrews (Parliament Hall, 30 – 31 August 2013) is organised by the Research Project “Heirs to the Throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of Nineteenth-Century Europe (1815-1914)”, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the University of St Andrews. It focuses on the political roles played by heirs to the throne within their respective dynastic systems across a largely monarchical Europe.

Hereditary rule meant that heirs to the throne were a crucial component of monarchical systems. At every point in the nineteenth century, millions of Europeans knew with a high degree of certainty the identity of the next holder of the most exalted office in the land. While heirs anticipated the end of the current reign, they embodied both dynastic continuity and the inevitability of change at the very apex of the system. Depending on the specific political, cultural and constitutional contexts as well as on the individuals involved, crown princes and princesses could either consolidate or undermine the status quo, play momentous or insignificant roles, appear high-profile or almost imperceptible, embody change or continuity.

The study of heirs will offer new insights into the politics and political cultures of Europe during the Long Nineteenth Century. This conference aims at investigating comparatively the contribution made by heirs to the thrones to the functioning and malfunctioning, rigidity and suppleness, successes and shortcomings of the constitutional monarchies whose future pivoted on them. Heirs will be used as prisms to explore Europe’s monarchical systems, the institutions, agencies, groups and individuals engaged in either sustaining or challenging them. The conference explores the societies and cultures within which heirs existed and operated, in which they were instrumentalised and commemorated.

More information and an online shop for bookings can be found on the website of the Project “Heirs to the Throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of Nineteenth-Century Europe (1815-1914)”. Please contact Heidi Mehrkens for any queries (hm64[at]


Provisional Programme

Friday, 30 August 2013

9.00                      Welcome / Introduction (Frank Müller and Heidi Mehrkens)

9.30-10.30           Keynote Lecture I

  • Catherine Brice, Université Paris-Est Créteil, CRHEC: What kind of fathers are constitutional Kings? Reflections on Kingship in 19th-century France and Italy

Coffee and Tea


11.00-12.30         Panel 1 Personal agency and structural change

  • Ala Creciun, Budapest: Alexander III – the Making of a ‘Russian’ Tsar: Nationalism as a New Source of Legitimacy in the Late Romanov Empire
  • Valentina Villa, Milan: Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples: a suitable heir for a new century
  • Günther Kronenbitter, Augsburg: Emperors-in-waiting – Intra-dynastic Opposition in the late Habsburg Monarchy

Panel Discussion



14.00-15.30         Panel 2 Succession as challenge

  • Christoph de Spiegeleer, Brussels: Premature deaths of heirs to the throne in Belgium throughout the 19th century: crisis and scandal
  • Jes Fabricius Møller, Kopenhagen: The Domestication of Dynasty – the challenges of a German successor to the Danish Throne in the mid-19th Century
  • María del Carmen López Sanchez, Madrid : The Spanish succession crisis following the death of Alphonse XII

Panel Discussion

Coffee and Tea


16.00-17.30         Panel 3 Courtly Context: Heirs, entourage and soft power

  • Eberhard Fritz, Altshausen: Education and the Rituals of Monarchy in the Kingdom of Wuerttemberg. Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince Karl, and Prince Wilhelm in comparison
  • Richard Kurdiovsky, Vienna: The Spatial and Architectonical Presence of Heirs to the Throne – the Apartments of Habsburg’s Crown Princes in the Viennese Hofburg in the Long 19th Century
  • Pedro Urbano, Lisbon: The Royal household and the Heirs’ entourage: Portugal at the end of the constitutional monarchy

Panel Discussion

17.45-18.45         Keynote Lecture II

  • Christopher Clark, Cambridge: Father-Son Relations in the Hohenzollern Dynasty

Conference Dinner


Saturday, 31 August 2013

9.30-11.00           Panel 4 Heirs in the Great War

  • Heather Jones, London: A Prince in the Trenches? Edward VIII and the Great War
  • Lothar Machtan, Bremen: Claims to the throne in Baden and to the chancellorship in Berlin: The political tragedy of the two ambitions of Prince Max of Baden
  • Katharine Lerman, London: ‘For the greater glory of Crown Prince Wilhelm’: A Hohenzollern in Conflict 1914-1918

Panel Discussion

Coffee and Tea

11.15-12.00         Round Table / Final discussion

Chair: Philip Mansel, London


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