In June 2011 Romein started her PhD dissertation under supervision of prof. dr. Robert von Friedeburg. The research was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), who had funded Von Friedeburg’s proposal on studying “New Monarchy” in the Early Modern period (total of 3 PhD-positions).
This research focused on a comparison between two principalities in the Holy Roman Empire: Jülich and Hesse-Cassel, between 1642-1655; and Brittany France in the period 1648-1652. Fatherland-terminology(patria, patriot, fatherland, nation) was the main focus, as means to criticise princely politics in this period of turmoil, by shifting the focus of loyalty to the fatherland. The title of the dissertation reads: The use of fatherland, patria and patriot in the cases of Jülich, Hesse-Cassel and Brittany (1642-1655). Political arguments in an age of confrontation. The dissertation was successfully defended on 7 January 2016.
On january 7, 2016 the dissertation with the title “The Use of Fatherland, Patria and Patriot in the Cases of Jülich, Hesse-Cassel and Brittany (1642-1655). Political arguments in an age of confrontation.” was defended at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
It is currently only available digitally (request the author), or in print – organised by the author.
Plans exist to rewrite in order to get it published with a publishing house.