Der unvollendete Krieg: Bürgerkriege, ethnische Konflikte und Friedensstiftung nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg

This course discusses the question why the war failed to come to an end in November 1918 and what forms conflicts took after the official conclusion of the hostilities. This is a world-history course, with the intent to examine events from a global rather than a narrow European perspective. The seminar focuses on revolutions and counterrevolutions, national and ethnic conflicts, border wars in Europe, the Balkans and on the suppression of colonial rebellions in Middle East between 1918 and 1923. Yet it also examines the repercussions of the war in North America, including the rise of paramilitarism and proto-fascism in the American cities in the immediate post-war period. Weekly topics include: ethnic cleansing and expulsion during and after WWI; revolutions and counterrevolution in Germany, Hungary and Finland; the destruction of empires; Bolshevik revolution and its impact; political paranoia, the Red Scare and the belief in the existence of a Judeo-Bolshevik World Conspiracy; peacemaking after 1919; the nature of peace treaties and the reparation issue; the ‘culture of defeat,” and the rise of pro-fascism in Italy, Austria, Hungary and Germany.

This is a completely bilingual course. Students have the option to make their presentations, answer questions and write their essays either in German or in English.


Mittwochs, 10 Uhr c.t. - 12 Uhr

Erste Sitzung:

Letzte Sitzung:

Adenauerellee 4-6, 53113 Bonn
Raum 3.010


  • Angelow, Jürgen: Der Erste Weltkrieg Auf Dem Balkan: Perspektiven Der Forschung. Berlin 2011.
  • Dahlmann, Dittmar: Zwischen großen Erwartungen und bösem Erwachen: Juden, Politik und Antisemitismus in Ost- und Südosteuropa 1918-1945. Paderborn 2007.
  • Meissner, Boris: Die Baltischen Nationen: Estland, Lettland, Litauen. Köln 1990.
  • Möller, Horst: Europa Zwischen Den Weltkriegen. München 1998.
  • Weger; Störtkuhl; Stüben (Hrsg.): Aufbruch Und Krise: Das östliche Europa Und Die Deutschen Nach Dem Ersten Weltkrieg. München 2010.

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