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Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (Warsaw) and Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg)

Conference | Wednesday, 31 January 2018 
Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018  - Friday, 02 February 2018
Location: Embassy of the Slovak Republic | Hildebrandstraße 25 | 10785 Berlin
Organization: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (Warsaw, Poland) &
Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg, Germany)
Cooperation: Centre for Area Studies (Leipzig U, Germany); Department of Historical Anthropology (Jagiellonian U Cracow, Poland), Department of History (Pavol Jozef Šafárik U Košice, Slovakia); Institute for Humanities (Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary); Babeș-Bolyai U Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Slovak Institute in Berlin (Germany)
Language: English, German (simultaneous translation will be provided)
Website: Link
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    In the early years following the First World War (1918-1923), political, military, cultural, social and economic developments consolidated to a high degree in Central and Eastern Europe. This period was shaped, on the one hand, by the efforts to establish an international structure for peace and to set previously oppressed nations on the road to emancipation. On the other hand, this time was also defined by political revisionism and territorial claims, as well as a level of political violence that was effectively a continuation of the war in many places, albeit under modified conditions.

    The conference will consider the period of five years starting with the Russian revolution, through the final stages of the First World War, to the year 1923. The main aim is to achieve a balance of sub-studies and transnational investigations, in order to promote mutual understanding for particular developments in individual European states, and also to do justice to overarching phenomena in the process. Lectures will focus on six subject areas, including ‘Memories of the “Great War”’, ‘The End of Empires and the Emergence of a New State Order’, ‘New Beginnings and Political Emancipation’, ‘Social and Economic and Cultural Circumstances’, ‘Revolutions, Counter-revolutions, Revisionism and Territorial Claims’ and ‘Social and psychological Consequences of the War’.