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Changing Social Representations of Political Order ca. 1800
Governmental Concepts in the Correspondence of Maria Carolina of Naples-Sicily

The private correspondence of Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples-Sicily (1752–1814), is an illuminating window for the Age of Revolutions and the changing political landscape around 1800. In her personal letters, Maria Carolina often opined her political judgements on contemporary events, offered advice, and shared her deepest apprehensions of revolutionary change. Maria Carolina’s personal correspondence, therefore, allows us to see how rulers developed coping strategies for the turbulence around them as well as to be able to discern their shifting values and beliefs in ideal governance. This project is currently editing and analysing a sample of her correspondence with three of her relatives between 1774 and 1814: her brother Emperor Leopold II, her nephew Emperor Franz II/I, and her daughter Empress Marie Therese. This website features results from this process as well as news, blogs, and forthcoming events from the project team.

This project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (P 31415-G28) with additional support from the Research Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Innsbruck.

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  • The Two Marias – In Search of an Unlikely Link
    In April 1792, an Austrian countess run away from her husband and child and eventually found herself living on the American frontier. Could Maria Carolina have something to do with this series of tumultuous events? And could her letters help unlock answer about one of the most interesting lives of the eighteenth century?
  • Talking Transcription: How Do We Ensure Quality?
    In ‘Talking Transcription’ we discuss the particular methodological challenges or moments of interest that arise from the early stages of this project as we work our way through the correspondence of Maria Carolina. In this first entry we discuss the standards we adhere to during the editing process of the letters of Maria Carolina.
  • Mountains without Borders – An Introduction to the Project Team
    A multinational topic calls for a multinational team.
  • Project Launched!
    In October 2018 the Changing Social Representations of Political Order project officially began.Supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and based at the University of Innsbruck, the project will create a critical online edition of the letters of Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples from 1768 to 1814.

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