1st Edition

Postwar Continuity and New Challenges in Central Europe, 1918–1923 The War That Never Ended

Edited By Tomasz Pudłocki, Kamil Ruszała Copyright 2022
    472 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    472 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a multi-layered analysis of the situation in Central Europe after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The new geopolitics emerging from the Versailles order, and at the same time ongoing fights for borders, considerable war damage, social and economic problems and replacement of administrative staff as well as leaders, all contributed to the fact that unlike Western Europe, Central Europe faced challenges and dilemmas on an unprecedented scale. The editors of this book have invited authors from over a dozen academic institutions to answer the question of to what extent the solutions applied in the Habsburg Monarchy were still practiced in the newly created nation states, and to what extent these new political organisms went their own ways. It offers a closer look at Central Europe with its multiple problems typical of that region after 1918 (organizing the post-imperial space, a new political discourse and attempts to create new national memories, the role of national minorities, solving social problems, and verbal and physical violence expressed in public space). Particular chapters concern post-1918 Central Europe on the local, state and international levels, providing a comprehensive view of this sub-region between 1918 and 1923.

    1. The War That Never Ended: East-Central Europe After 1918

    Tomasz Pudłocki and Kamil Ruszała

    Part 1: New Challenges – New Orders

    2. The Politics of Recognition at the Paris Peace Conference

    Leonard V. Smith

    3. The Protection of Minorities at the Paris Peace Conference (1919–1920)

    Miran Marelja, Ozren Pilipović, and Meta Athik

    4. Montenegro 1918–1921 in the Context of the Adriatic Question

    Petar Bagarić

    5. Diplomacy and National Identity of Czechoslovakia in the Interwar Period: Appropriation, Thematisation, Institutionalization and Sustainability

    Milada Polišenskás

    Part 2: Postimperial Legacies, Legitimism and Memory

    6. The Leftover Empire?: Imperial Legacies and Statehood in the Successor States of Austria-Hungary

    Gábor Egry

    7. Where Did the Postwar Politics of Memory Lead To?

    Maciej Górny

    8. "Hoch den Kaiser!": The Legitimist Cause in Early Postwar Austria

    Christopher Brennan

    Part 3: Long Lasting Violence

    9. Polish and Ukrainian Propaganda of Violence During and Shortly After the War for Eastern Galicia (1918–1919)

    Jagoda Wierzejska

    10. Ethnicization of Anti-Bolshevism: A Comparative Analysis of Anti-Semitic Violence in Hungary and Ukraine (1919–1921)

    Giuseppe Motta

    11. "Robbery and Murder": Conflicts at the Polish-Romanian Border in the Aftermath of the War

    Elisabeth Haid

    Part 4: Shaping Postimperial Space: Administration and Society

    12. Three Nations at the Crossroads: Poles, Jews and Lemkos Between 1918 and 1919

    Kamil Ruszała

    13. The Formation of a New Administrative and Political Apparatus in Slovakia, 1918–1920: Backgrounds and Networks

    Etienne Boisserie

    14. Feldsberg/Valtice and the Lower Austrian Towns That Became Czech, 1918–1920

    Kathryn E. Densford

    15. Defending Christianity and Social Order in the Aftermath of the First World War: Discourse and Polemics in the Austrian Catholic Conservative Press

    Konstantinos Raptis

    16. The Denationalized Children of Transylvania: The State Children’s Asylum in Cluj After 1918

    Edina Gál

    Part 5: In the Service of Nation and/or State

    17. The Birth of Czechoslovakia Between Ideals and Realpolitik: Masaryk, Beneš and Štefánik in Balance Between Italy and France on the International Chessboard

    Alessandro Volpato

    18. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 1918–1923: Facing Social and Religious Challenges

    Iryna Orlevych

    19. The Greek Catholic Parish Clergy in Liberation Struggle of the Galician Ukrainians in 1918–1923

    Nataliia Kolb

    20. Serving Science versus Serving the Country: University Professors of Western Neophilologies in Poland, 1918–1923

    Tomasz Pudłocki

    21. Stefan Surzycki’s Activities for Polish Agriculture in the Revived Polish State

    Andrzej Synowiec


    Tomasz Pudłocki is Professor in the Institute of History at Jagiellonian University.

    Kamil Ruszała is Assistant Professor at the Institute of History at Jagiellonian University.