Overburdened Peace: Competing Visions of World Order in 1918/19

March 22, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jörn Leonhard (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Organized by Axel Jansen (GHI Washington), Jan C. Jansen (GHI Washington), Dane Kennedy (NHC & George Washington University), and Simone Lässig (GHI Washington)

One of the leading experts on Modern European History, Jörn Leonhard is a co-director at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and professor in Freiburg University’s department of history. Leonhard’s comprehensive studies have explored the global histories of liberalism, nationalism, empires, and war. His 2014 book on World War I (Die Büchse der Pandora) became one of the war centennial’s key publications. Leonhard is now finishing a book on the global history of postwar peace conferences between 1918 and 1923.

Jörn Leonhard’s lecture kicks off the 2018 Annual Conference of the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) on “Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies.” Scholarly debate has long focused on the 1919 Paris conference in the context of debates on war guilt, the burdens imposed on defeated Germany, and President Woodrow Wilson’s failure to realize his vision of a liberal world order. Yet the postwar settlements between 1918 and 1923 reached far beyond West and Central Europe. They shaped a new global order that, some hoped, would prevent another disastrous global war. The GHI conference will focus on the stuttering conclusion of World War I and on its long global aftermath.

The conference is jointly convened by the Max Weber Foundation (Max Weber Stiftung, MWS), the German Historical Institute (GHI), the National History Center (NHC) of the American Historical Association (AHA), and the German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, VHD).

The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5.30pm (refreshments will be served between 7.30 and 8.30pm).