Unravelling Warfare and Peacemaking in Central Europe 1618-1918

Project Description

Through the lens of historiography, this workshop will explore fundamental aspects of warfare and peacemaking. Throughout human history until today, the wish for peace has played a vital role in war-stricken societies all over the world. However, this raises the question why lasting peace has never been successfully established. The year 2018, with its two anniversaries, offers the opportunity to explore this question along the lines of two major historic events: The end of World War I and the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War in 1618. What both of these wars have in common is that neither of the peacemaking treaties was able to ensure sustainable peace.

Deutsches Historisches Museum, the venue of the workshop, is home to numerous fascinating objects stemming from, amongst others, the Thirty Years’ War, the Seven Years’ War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Franco-German War, and the First World War. Along the lines of these five exemplary wars, you will investigate the following themes: causes of war, military and money, soldiers and civilians, peacemaking, and symbols of victory, based on original artefacts.

If you are enthusiastic about history and curious to get involved in real-life museum work, this workshop is for you! With your keen eye for historical developments, you will weave together the chronological and thematic threads of warfare and peacemaking to raise awareness of our world community’s achievements as well as its threats.

This workshop is provided by

Located in Berlin’s historic district of Mitte, the Deutsches Historisches Museum – Germany’s national historical museum – sees itself as a place of active communication and discussion of history.




  • Researcher and educator at Deutsches Historisches Museum
  • M.A. in Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften; PhD candidate at Technische Universität Berlin




  • Researcher and educator at Deutsches Historisches Museum
  • Teacher of History and French Language