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

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

Series Name Peace talks
Speaker Dr Martyn Housden (Reader in Modern History, University of Bradford)
Type Lectures & Talks
When 22 May 2019, 04:15PM - 06:45PM
Venue Council Suite 1 (Fielding Johnson Building)
Open To University staff and students
Ticket Price Free
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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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