"The Fronde in the Upper Rhine Valley:  Defining Loyalty, Identity and Neighborliness at the Beginning of the French Lordship, 1648-54"

Hartwick’s Wallace Presents Sixth Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

March 11, 2014

Hartwick College Professor of History Dr. Peter Wallace will present a talk titled "The Fronde in the Upper Rhine Valley: Defining Loyalty, Identity and Neighborliness at the Beginning of the French Lordship, 1648-54" during the sixth lecture of the 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Thursday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge. The lecture is free, light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Working from unpublished materials in regional archives, this lecture will explore the impact of the Alsatian Fronde on Upper Rhenish perceptions of French power and on French relations with Basel, its Swiss ally Mulhouse, and the Alsatian lmperial estates. In sorting out political relations with their fractious French neighbors, regional elites began to define what it meant to be Swiss or to be Imperial, laying the foundations of the Upper Rhine's modern triangulated political landscape. For a moment all sorts of political trajectories seemed possible. Wallace intends to show that Louis XIV's power in Alsace remained fragile and contested before the 1680s and was defined in terms alien to the historical imagination of later French nationalists. The events marked a turning point in the geopolitical relations in the seventeenth-century Upper Rhine Valley that defines his book-length manuscript, Friends, Neighbors, Strangers and Enemies: Changing Political Identities in the Upper Rhine Valley, 1580-1740.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

Upcoming lectures in the series (subject to change) include:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Sanjeewa Gamagedara: "Investigation of Biomarkers for Non-Invasive Early Diagnosis of Cancer"

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Sara Rinfret: "Engaging Students in Environmental Policymaking"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Acting Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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