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The first half of the twentieth century witnessed crucial shifts in global politics. In 1919, many of these distilled into a series of watershed moments. For a long time, 1919 has been primarily viewed through the prism of the Paris peace conference and its impact on the post-war, or inter-war, European order. In the wake of 1919’s centenary, the study of 1919 has globalised. The course brings together the histories of empires reshaping themselves and of emerging polities, following also the circulation of ideas of sovereignty, self-determination and independence. 1919 was as much a crisis of an ‘old’ imperial system as it was a time for the increasing articulation of alternatives to it. As we travel around the world of 1919, we engage with a range of historical processes, including the (broken) promises of the Wilsonian moment and the Bolshevik revolution, peace-making in Europe, anti-Westernism, anti-imperialism, anti-colonial nationalism as well as feminism, pan-Asianism and pan-Islamism. Together, they make 1919 an assemblage of important turning points that reshaped the twentieth century.
Aydin, C., The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)
Bayly, C. A., Remaking the Modern World 1900-2015: Global Connections and Comparisons (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2018)
Getachew, A., Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2019)
MacMillan, M., Peacemakers: Six Months That Changed the World (Hachette, 2001).
Manela, E., The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)
Mishra, P., From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia (London: Penguin Books, 2013).
Payk, M. M. and R. Pergher, Beyond Versailles: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and the Formation of New Polities After the Great War (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019)
Pedersen, S., The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015)
To successfully complete this course students must: 1) pass a written examination (Klausur) at the end of term; 2) take responsibility for one session by giving an assessed presentation and taking a lead in that session’s discussion; 3) complete key preparatory reading for and actively participate in all sessions.
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