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Konferenz: Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies (DHI Washington, 22.-24.03.2018)

Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies

The armistice of November 11, 1918, is widely commemorated as the end of World War I, but that event was part of a protracted process of peacemaking that lasted until 1923. Scholarly debate has long focused on the 1919 Paris Peace Conference in the context of debates on war guilt, the burdens imposed on defeated Germany, or President Woodrow Wilson’s failure to realize his vision of a liberal world order. This was in line with addressing questions such as the rise of fascism, the causes of World War II, or the roots of the Great Depression. Yet the postwar settlements reached far beyond West and Central Europe. They shaped a new global order that, some hoped, would prevent another disastrous global war.

The centenary of the 1918 Armistice in 2018 provides a perfect occasion to reassess the postwar settlement’s global repercussions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conference at the GHI Washington in March 2018 will bring together scholars from around the globe to discuss the enduring consequences of the war settlements. The conference will encompass 19 papers from scholars from 7 different countries, 2 panel discussions, and 2 public lectures, including the following:
•    Keynote lecture by Jörn Leonhard (Universität Freiburg) on March 22, 2018, “Overburdened Peace: Competing Visions of World Order in 1918/19”
•    Keynote presentation by Adam Tooze (Columbia University), followed by a panel discussion, at the German Embassy, Washington, DC on March 23, 2018
The conference is organized by the GHI Washington in cooperation with the National History Center (NHC), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, VHD). This conference is generously supported by the Max Weber Foundation and the National History Center (NHC).

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Please RSVP by January 12, 2018 to Sally Dill ( )