99 years after the Paris Peace Conference

In 1919, statesmen and diplomats gathered in France to lay out the conditions and prospects of peace. The men at the decision tables were convinced borders on the European continent needed to be replaced so as to bring Europe to order. Five international post-World War I treaties laid down the shape of interwar Europe’s state borders in black and white. The Treaty of Versailles regulated the borders with Germany, the Treaty of St. Germain with Austria, the Treaty of Neuilly with Bulgaria, the Treaty of Trianon with Hungary and the Treaty of Sèvres with the Ottoman Empire. In some of the regions affected by the treaties, inhabitants could later vote whether they wanted to see sovereignty shifted.

In this cluster of sessions we are interested in:
–    historical analyses on the border shaping process in 1919-1923
–    how people lived within and beyond their new geographical borders
–    how the switch of sovereignty was remembered during the 20th century
–    how the borderlands turned from spots on the map of Europe into lived social places