[Originally published by Royal Danish Defence College]

Almost three centuries ago the Nordic-Baltic Region was the scene of one of the most prolonged and decisive wars in the region. The Great Northern War, 1700-1721, was a regional power struggle, that involved all powers in the region. Furthermore the conflict - given the strategic importance of the area - also involved such major powers as the Ottoman Empire, the United Kingdom and France.

As a consequence, the long-time conflict between Denmark-Norway and Sweden-Finland over regional supremacy, virtually came to an end, as Sweden's power declined drastically. Replacing Sweden was a newcomer, Russia, that for the first time in more than a century enjoyed a strong presence on the eastern shores of the Baltic coast. Seen in hindsight, this outcome was final; yet the contemporaries, and the following generations, did not share that perception and both control of Danish straits and the shoreline of the Baltic sea remained prized objects for centuries to come. Although the region has been spared of war for more than seven decades, the Baltic Sea was a front line area during the cold war, and lately a rising level of latent conflict may again be noted.

On this background, the conference also welcomes papers addressing current military issues and security politics in the region - especially such  which address the present and the future on the background of long-term historical and geopolitical trends. 


Based on the above, the conference call for papers in the following categories:

•Power politics, strategy and warfare during the Great Northern War 1700-1721.
•1716 – new security structures in the Baltic Sea Region.
•The political, social and economic framework of the war in the warring states and in the region as a whole.
•Long term military, political, social and economic consequences of the war.
•Contemporary lessons of the Great Northern War.
•Wars and conflicts in the Baltic Sea Region after the Great Northern War.
•Contemporary security policy challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
•Power shifts in the Baltic Sea Region, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Selected papers may after a peer review be published in the journals affiliated with the organizing institutions.

Schedule for papers:

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  30 June, 2016.

Response on abstracts: 1 July, 2016

Submission of papers: 1 August, 2016

Abstracts and papers should be sent to Danish Point of Contact (mentioned below).


The Citadel (Kastellet) of Copenhagen


Timeframe for the conference: 17th August 09:00 to 18th August 17:00.

Conference Language will be English.

Conference fee will be charged – 750 DKK (cash during registration).

Included in the fee will be lunch at the Citadel and Conference Dinner (Wednesday night 17th August).

Accommodation and co-ordination of travel will not be provided. We recommend that you stay at the hotel suggested below due to the location close to the Citadel. (Rooms to be booked NLT 15 July 2016 in order to guarantee availability and the negotiated rates).

Registration for the conference is possible until 10th August 2016, at 16.00 hrs, or until the number of participants reaches 60.


It is recommended that you book your accommodation at the following hotel due to the location close to the Citadel:

Hotel Babette Guldsmeden
Bredgade 78
DK-1260 Copenhagen
Telph.: +45 3314 1500

Booking of accommodation is done during the registration proces by pressing the above blue "Registration" button and fill out the required fields.

If you want to stay at the above mentioned hotel you should complete your registration not later than 15 July 2016.

If you register later than 15 July 2016 you should contact Ms. Lone Bøgh, ConferencePartner, on tel: +45, 3067 3103 or by email: lone@conferencepartner.dk for assistance with booking.

Cancellation of a room can be done free of charge not later than 5 days prior to arrival. Cancellation less than 5 days prior to arrival is subjected to payment for the entire booked period.


Conference Dinner

Takes place at Restaurant Langeliniepavillonen on Wednesday 17 August 2016 from 19.00 - 22.00 hrs. Please sign up for this during the registration proces.

Conference Tour

On Thursday 18 August 2016 from 13.30 - 17.00 hrs a guided tour by boat in the canals of Copenhagen Harbour will be offered with the theme "Defending Copenhagen 1600-1800".

The Citadel (Kastellet) in Copenhagen
Gl. Hovedvagt, Kastellet 1, DK-2100 Copenhagen

The Conference is arranged in a cooperation between The Swedish Defence University (SDU) and The Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC)


Royal Danish Defence College
Major Søren Bach
Telph.: +45 2555 2196
E-mail: imk-11@fak.dk


Sign up for the conference here