Lordship and the Rise of States in Western Europe, 1300-1600

01 September 2016 → Ongoing
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
centralization state formation
Project description

This project pursues a new interpretation of state formation in Western Europe between 1300 and 1600. This period is considered as the key phase in the genesis of the modern state, as various polities now centralized fiscal and military resources under their command. While there is debate whether this was primarily a top-down process carried by princes, or a bottom-up process carried by popular representation, scholars agree that state building was exclusively a process of centralization. This assumption must be questioned, as recent studies have raised awkward questions that cannot be answered by the current paradigm.