- Cornel Zwierlein & Beatrice de Graaf: Security and Conspiracy in Modern History.
I. General and Interdisciplinary Approaches, Early Modern Foundations
- Beatrice de Graaf & Cornel Zwierlein: Historicizing Security – Entering the Conspiracy Dispositive.
- Cornel Zwierlein: Security Politics and Conspiracy Theories in the Emerging European State System (15th/16th c.).
- Karl Härter: Security and Cross-Border Political Crime: The Formation of Transnational Security Regimes in 18th and 19th Century Europe.
- Geoffrey Cubitt: Conspiracism, Secrecy and Security in Restoration France: Denouncing the Jesuit Menace.
- John T. Hamilton: Conspiracy, Security, and Human Care in Donnersmarck’s Leben der Anderen.
II. Case Studies Late 19th to 21st Century
- Beatrice de Graaf: The Black International Conspiracy as Security Dispositive in the Netherlands, 1880-1900.
- Constant Willem Hijzen: The Perpetual Adversary. How Dutch Security Services Perceived Communism (1918-1989).
- Ondrej Ditrych: ‘International Terrorism’ as Conspiracy: Debating Terrorism in the League of Nations.
- Susanne Keesman: The Communist Menace in Finsterwolde: Conspiring against Local Authorities? Case Study on the Dutch Battle against Communism, 1945-1951.
- Tobias Hof: The Moro Affair – Left-Wing Terrorism and Conspiracy in Italy in the Late 1970s.
- Jelle van Buuren: Holland’s Own Kennedy Affair. Conspiracy Theories on the Murder of Pim Fortuyn.
- Liesbeth van der Heide: Cherry-Picked Intelligence. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Dispositive as a Legitimation for National Security in the Post 9/11 Age.
Mixed Issue: Articles
HSR Vol. 38 (2013) No. 1: Special Issue: Security and Conspiracy in History
Beatrice de Graaf & Cornel Zwierlein (Eds.): Security and Conspiracy in History, 16th to 21st Century
This Special Issue combines both of the recently emerging fields – conspiracy and security history – for the first time by asking how we can conceive their parallel history from the Renaissance to the present. The new situation of international and national security regimes after the Cold War has not only placed security studies at the top of the Political Science agenda, but is also currently causing the emergence of a new field of security history. Likewise, Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories have found a new great interest in the post-Cold War constellation, particularly following 9/11. There has been hitherto no attempt to conceptualize the development of Security and Conspiracy in a longue durée perspective. Remaining sensitive to the ancient and medieval forerunners, we nevertheless assume that both fully developed conspiracy theories and ‘security’ as a leading political aim are phenomena mainly found in modern history. Both can be treated as dispositives in a Foucauldian sense which challenge each other – real or imagined conspiracies are threats to the security of the state or the commonwealth. Both Security and Conspiracy need to be carefully historicized.
This Special Issue offers a sketch of the supposed development of the combined dispositives throughout modern history in addition to a theoretical approach. The contributions combine case studies and methodological reflections from the Renaissance to 9/11 with a majority concerning the ‘high’ and ‘late modern’ periods since 1880. International pioneers, as well as young researchers in the field of conspiracy and security history, have contributed.
Furthermore this HSR contains a Mixed Issue with two articles.