CfP: Europe in the 20th century – An Asymmetric Europe?

Association internationale d’histoire contemporaine de l’Europe (AIHCE); Polish Academy of Sciences

20.06.2019-22.06.2019, Paris

Deadline: 31.10.2018

Twentieth century European history has been characterised by an alternation of common European projects and their subsequent calling into question, often vehemently, by opposing projects. These vicissitudes have laid bare a distinct difference betweeen the « old » Europe and that which emerged at the end of the First World War, sometimes labelled « Eastern Europe », sometimes « Central Europe » or even « East-Central Europe ». This difference has been visible historically on three occasions:

  1. The Versailles settlement
  2. The Hitlerian project for Europe
  3. European nations during the Cold War

Has this asymmetry influenced interpretations of European history? Was Europe perceived as a differentiated entity? Or does this vision exclusively correspond to a Western European perception?

Reflections on this dualism in history should take the form of comparative visions of the different historiographies. This is the research question which the conference scheduled for June 2019 (the centenary of the Versailles Treaty) wishes to explore around the theme of: the Asymmetry of the Versailles System.

This conference is construed as one of three pre-conferences which will form the basis of the International Association for the Study of Contemporary Europe’s participation in the 23rd World Congress of Historical Sciences in Poznan (23-29 August 2020).

The organisers of the conference, which will be held in Paris at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Centre from 20-22 June 2019, are launching a call for papers on the above-mentioned theme. They invite those wishing to give a paper to present their abstracts around the following issues:

– What place was reserved for Central Europe in the Versailles system?

– Reparations and the German and Austrian successor states

– What did Locarno represent for Central Europe ?

– The Versailles system in Western historiography

– The Versailles system in the historiography of Central Europe (Poland and Czechoslovakia, of course, but also perhaps Rumania and the Baltic States, especially Lithuania given its conflict with Poland)

– The Versailles system in the historiography of Germany and Hungary

– The Versailles system and the USSR

– The decomposition of the Versailles system

Some of these questions may appear banal and far from innovative, but they need raising in order to address interpretations of the principal theme, that of asymmetry. Abstracts should be addressed to: by 31 October 2018. Paper-givers will be expected to become members of the International Association for the Study of Contemporary Europe. (Go to:


Prof. Tomasz Schramm

Ul. Umultowska 89d

61-614 Poznan


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