Building peace in fractured societies. The League of Nations and the protection of national minorities in the 1920s, 22 May 2019

The lecture addresses the challenges of creating peace in Europe after the First World War.

Date and time: Wednesday 22 May, 4.15—6.30 pm

Venue: Council Suite Room 1, Fielding Johnson First Floor

SpeakerDr Martyn Housden (Reader in Modern History, University of Bradford)

Abstract: The lecture addresses the challenges of creating peace in Europe after the First World War. In particular it addresses the nationality question in Central and Eastern Europe. The League of Nations was supposed to protect the national minorities living in the region, but had mixed success. The League's efforts were supplemented, however, by efforts on the part of some of the national minorities themselves. Here, we discuss just one of those endeavours: the European Congress of Nationalities. Drawing members from multiple national groups, how did this organisation attempt to lobby states and state organisations (such as the League) as it attempted to build peace according to its own model?

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