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Peace making after the First World War 1919 – 1923

June 27, 2019 - June 28, 2019
The National Archives

Lancaster House
London SW1
United Kingdom

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To mark the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, a two-day conference in June 2019 will explore the peace-making process that followed the First World War.

The conference is jointly organised by The National Archives, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Historians, the University of Strathclyde, the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the British International History Group.

The conference will be held in two locations. The first day will be held at The National Archives; it will include a keynote lecture by Professor David Stevenson and an exhibition of The National Archives’ unique collection of certified copies of all the treaties, alongside a selection of other materials. The second day will be held at Lancaster House.

Possible topics:

-Diplomacy and diplomatic practice regarding peace making
-Immediate post-war views and perceptions on a new world order
-Social and economic articles of the treaties and League of Nations Covenant
-Nationalism, revolution and the peace process
-National and international politics around peace
-The interactions within and between the delegations including topics such as cultural and personal relations, and the role of emotions
-The peace making process including drafting and sub-committee work
-Work of peripheral bodies such as the Joint Archaeological Committee
-The Peace Treaties themselves: materiality, language, history etc
-Redrawing borders: processes and negotiation
-Minority groups and representation

Confirmed speakers include:

Prof Gaynor Johnson (University of Kent),
Prof Alan Sharp (Ulster University),
Dr Mark Jones (University College Dublin),
Prof Alexander Watson (Goldsmiths),
Prof Eugene Rogan (University of Oxford),
Prof Rana Mitter (University of Oxford),
Prof Michael Cox (LSE),

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief CV to by 1 December 2018.

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