Successor States of Eastern Europe | European Civilization, 1648-1945 | Open Yale Courses

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Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman for the European Civilization, 1648-1945 Course at Yale University. This lecture covers Easter Europe in the interwar period. Lecture chapers include:

  1. The Wilsonian Illusion and War Guilt: The Aftermath of the First World War [00:00:00]
  2. Revisionism in Italy and Germany [00:09:20]
  3. Revisionism in Eastern Europe: The Former Austro-Hungarian Empire [00:16:42]
  4. Ethnic Tensions in Interwar States [00:26:03]
  5. The Peasant Majority: Agricultural Depression and the Rise of Fascism [00:35:57]

Course Overview: Contrary to the ‘Great Illusion” that the end of World War I heralded a new era of peace, the interwar period can be considered to form part of a Thirty Years’ War, spanning the period from 1914 to 1945. In the wake of the Treaty of Versailles, Europe was divided both literally and figuratively, with the so-called revisionist powers frustrated over their new borders. One of the most significant and ultimately most pernicious debates at Versailles concerned the identity of states with ethnic majorities. For those nations that resented the new partition of Europe, ethnic minorities, and Jews in particular, furnished convenient scapegoats. The persecution of minority groups in Central and Eastern Europe following the First World War thus set the stage for the atrocities of World War II.

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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