Funded by the EU programme “Citizens of Europe”, this project aims to examine the growth of two opposing movement of ideas which emerged after the signature of the Treaty of Versailles in the summer 1919. On the one hand, the movement for international justice and for the rescue of the victims emerged, as the allies established tribunals to try the perpetrators of atrocities and established the first High Commission for Refugees. On the other hand, the war atrocities in Europe and ethnic violence against the Armenians and other Christians in the declining Ottoman Empire inspired “population politics” and encouraged the movement towards radical nationalism in Germany, setting the ideological foundations of the worst atrocities the century was yet to experience.
The project will reflect on the interplay of political ideas and history: what lessons do people learn from events? How did the contemplation of the war’s disasters feed the development of such radically contradictory movements?
This exploration of ideological movements past, and of their consequences, is intended to generate a greater understanding of how ideas spread, coalesce and grow into movements, and of the material consequences they can have.
The project will feature an academic conference in Berlin, “Ideas and their Consequences: Genocide and International Justice after 1919”, scheduled to take place from April 17 to 19, 2020. The conference will bring together key academics in the field, mostly historians, from different countries and will aim to pool the latest knowledge on the subject.
The project also includes the creation of an information pack on the results of the conference, dissemination and discussion events in five European cities (Warsaw, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam), online video interviews of key speakers, a traveling exhibition and a website presenting the results of the project and providing leads for further information.
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