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Project history

In 1994, the International Commission on the Publication of Sources on European History (Monumenta Europae Historica) incorporated the editing project "European Peace Treaties of the Modern Period" under the direction of Professor Hermann Weber (University of Mainz) into its work programme. This ambitious project was financially supported by both the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. In 2000, the task of completing the project was transferred to the Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz (known as the Leibniz Institute of European History from 2012).

Between 2005 and 2010, the project "European Peace Treaties of the Pre-Modern Era Online" was completed at the IEG in Mainz with financial support from the German Research Foundation (under the "Systems for the Supply of Academic Literature and Academic Information Systems" programme). It aimed to comprehensively document, microfilm, process, digitize and gradually to publish on the internet the surviving European peace treaties from the period between approximately 1450 and 1789. The aim was to create as complete a collection of early-modern peace instruments as possible. In the first project phase (2005–2007), a collection of 1,500 treaties in the form of hand-written negotiators' copies was published and made available for interdisciplinary, international research. In the second project phase (2008–2010), the collection was increased to approximately 1,800 peace treaties, it was academically evaluated in conferences and publications, and consolidated in cooperation with partner institutions.

Since the completion of the project, the Leibniz Institute of European History has made the published peace treaties permanently available to researchers under http://www.ieg-friedensvertraege.de.

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