War, Peace & Empire: 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Coinciding with the UN-declared International Day of Peace, this day-long symposium hosted by The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is a signature element of the leading commemoration of the 250th anniversary this year of the signing of the 1763 Treaty of Paris.
The 1763 treaty, which ended the global Seven Years War for the French, British, Spanish, and Portuguese parties to the conflict, cemented Britain's position as a world power. Redrawing the map of North America, the Paris agreement also set the stage for actions and events leading to the American Revolution and, in the much longer term, the emergence of a bilingual Canadian nation.
The signed British copy of the treaty is currently on display minutes away from the Tufts campus at the Bostonian Society’s Old State House museum. As centerpiece of the exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace,” the document will be on view there through October 7 in an exclusive North American showing as part of Boston’s unique international commemoration of the 1763 Paris treaty.
THE PROGRAM Chaired by Alan K. Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History and Director of Diplomatic Studies at the Fletcher School, the 1763 Symposium is being presented in partnership with the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which brought the Treaty to Boston. Scholars of eighteenth-century war, diplomacy, and geopolitics will discuss and debate the 1763 Treaty’s place in the history of international relations, and be joined by international relations experts to consider changes and continuities in diplomatic culture and practice from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first.
Symposium participants include French Diplomatic Archives treaties curator Françoise Janin, UK Consul General to Montreal Patrick Holdich, international lawyer Ian Johnstone (Fletcher School), and historians Linda Frey (KSU), Marsha Frey (UM), Eliga Gould (UNH), Renaud Morieux (Cambridge), Matt Schumann (Eastern Michigan), John Shovlin (NYU), and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts).
SPONSORS An integral part of the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which is institutionally hosted by the Bostonian Society, the Symposium is made possible by a grant from the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities—Division of Public Programs, the Trustees of the Lowell Institute, the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston, the Ministère des Affaires Étrangères/Archives Diplomatiques, and the British Consulate General in Boston.
Leadership support for the 1763 initiative has been provided by the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation and by chapters of the Society of Colonial Wars led by the Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and General Societies.
ACCESSING THE VENUE The entrance to Alumnae Hall, 40 Talbot Avenue, is through the white columned porch marked “The Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center.” The Lounge is located on the ground floor immediately off the lobby (turn right after entering). On-street parking will be available on Talbot Avenue between Latin Way and College Avenue, and also in the Cohen parking lot at the corner of Talbot and College, which is accessible from Lower Campus Road which runs along the rear of the lot.
When & Where
1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School)—the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States—has prepared the world’s leaders to tackle complex global challenges since 1933. The school’s alumni represent the highest levels of leadership in the world, including hundreds of sitting ambassadors; respected voices from distinguished media outlets; heads of global nonprofit organizations; leaders of international peacekeeping and security initiatives; and executive leadership of some of the world’s largest for-profit companies. The Fletcher School offers a collaborative, flexible and interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs, featuring a distinguished faculty and diverse student body representing more than half the world’s countries.
Institutionally hosted by The Bostonian Society, the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration has been organized to present program activities marking the 250th anniversary of the treaty ending the “French and Indian” or Seven Years War in North America. The exhibition at the Old State House in Boston of Britain's original signed copy of the Paris treaty document (on display through October 7) has been the centerpiece of this effort.
The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation and chapters of the Society of Colonial Wars led by the Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and General Societies have provided leadership support for this initiative.
The Bostonian Society, 1763 exhibition host and project institutional host/fiscal agent
The Bostonian Society was established in 1881 to preserve colonial America’s most historic public building—the Old State House—and to illuminate the stories these halls tell of how Boston gave rise to our country’s most powerful founding ideas. Throughout 2013, the Bostonian Society invites America to join it in celebrating the 300th anniversary of this national treasure.
Boston National Historical Park, cooperating partner and interpretive advisor
Boston National Historical Park interprets the city’s Revolutionary history through direct operation of some historic sites—among them Dorchester Heights and Bunker Hill—and through partnerships with municipally- and privately-owned properties on the city’s “Freedom Trail,” including the Old State House. Headquartered in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Park also tells the story of the U.S. Navy’s long history in Boston.
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, host, “War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective” symposium (Sept. 21)
Founded in 1933, The Fletcher School is the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs established in the United States. Focused on training future diplomats and professionals working internationally in law, business, government, and other fields, Fletcher’s broad curriculum also encompasses diplomatic history.
Fort Ligonier, Ligonier, PA, cooperating partner and program sponsor
Located in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Fort Ligonier is a full-scale reconstruction of a 1758 British post built to stage the recapture of the Forks of the Ohio (future site of Pittsburgh) from French and Native forces. The Fort’s “World Ablaze” museum exhibition tells the story of the global Seven Years War with a unique assemblage of artifacts from that conflict.
John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, cooperating partner, exhibition lender, and co-presenter, “1763 and the Americas” symposium (June 6-8)
An independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, the John Carter Brown Library was founded in1846 and has been located at Brown University since 1901. The JCB houses one of the world’s outstanding collections of primary materials related to the European discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World prior to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects.
Massachusetts Historical Society, cooperating partner and 1763 exhibition lender
An independent research library founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the oldest historical institution in the United States. Spanning four centuries of American history, MHS collections are especially strong for the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods, particularly for Massachusetts.
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, cooperating partner and co-presenter, Royal Proclamation of 1763 roundtable (Oct. 4)
Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the pre-1850 histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world through fellowships, conferences, and publications, with a special emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.
Robert J. Allison
Professor of History and Departmental Chair, Suffolk University
Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction in History and Director of the Honors Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. (Sandy) Balcom*
Cultural Management Co-ordinator (ret.), Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
David A. Bell*
Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of the North Atlantic Revolutions, Princeton University
Chief of Cultural Resources/Historian, Boston National Historical Park
John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
Stephen T. Riley Librarian, Massachusetts Historical Society
Laura S. Fisher*
Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Founding Executive Director, French and Indian War 250
Eliga H. Gould
Professor, and Chair, Department of History, University of New Hampshire
Historian, Town of Saratoga and Village of Victory, New York; Past Commissioner, New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission
Matt J. Schumann*
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History & Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University
Nathaniel Sheidley, Host Institution Liaison
Historian and Director of Public History, The Bostonian Society/Old State House
* Corresponding member