Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Re-inventing the Citizen in (East-) Central Europe: 1918 and the Consequences
Public Lecture by Robert Gerwarth (University College Dublin)
Tickets: Free - available at: https://robert-gerwarth-lecture.eventbrite.com
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Location: Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 3
The end of the Great War in 1918 was accompanied by a series of social, political and national revolutions. Old empires and regimes disappeared, new states emerged. Europe was transformed from a continent of empires into one of (mainly democratic) nation-states. The territorial and governmental changes that occurred that autumn and winter amounted to the most dramatic re-drawing of continental Europe's political map in modern times. The public lecture will explore some of these revolutionary changes, notably its effects on the millions of former imperial subjects who now became citizens of the Successor States. It will also discuss the lingering presence today of some of the issues that were raised but not solved in the immediate aftermath of World War I.
Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin, where he is also Director of the Centre for War Studies and Head of the School of History. A leading historian of international renown, Robert Gerwarth has held fellowships or visiting professorships at Harvard, Princeton and Sciences Po, and received funding from the Humboldt Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, European Research Council and several others. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Those publications include The Bismarck Myth (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Reinhard Heydrich (Yale University Press, 2011). His third monograph, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End was published by Penguin in 2016.
Part of the History Research Seminar Series at Manchester Metropolitan University