Remaking Central Europe: The League of Nations and the Former Habsburg Lands

ISBN : 9780198854685

Peter Becker; Natasha Wheatley
400 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
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Over the last two decades, the "new international order" of 1919 has grown into an expansive new area of research across multiple disciplines. With the League of Nations at its heart, the interwar settlement's innovations in international organizations, international law, and many other areas shaped the world we know today. This book presents the first study of the relationship between this new international order and the new regional order in Central and Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Habsburg empire. An analysis of the co-implication of these two orders is grounded in four key scholarly interventions: understanding the legacies of empire in international organizations; examining regionalism in the work of interwar international institutions; creating an integrated history of the interwar order in Europe; and testing recent claims of the conceptual connection between nationalism and internationalism. With chapters covering international health, international financial oversight, human trafficking, minority rights, scientific networks, technical expertise, passports, commercial treaties, borders and citizenship, and international policing, this book pioneers a regional approach to international order, and explores the origins of today's global governance in the wake of imperial collapse.


Peter Becker and Natasha Wheatley: Introduction: Central Europe and the New International Order of 1919
1 Glenda Sluga: Habsburg Histories of Internationalism
Part One: Remaking Actors and Networks
2 Michael Burri: Clemens Pirquet: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific Networks, the Austrian Hunger Crisis, and the Making of the International Food Expert
3 Sara Silverstein: Reinventing International Health in East Central Europe: The League of Nations, State Sovereignty, and Universal Health
4 Katja Naumann: The Polycentric Remaking of International Participation after World War I: (Post-)Imperial Agents from Eastern Europe in and around the League of Nations' Secretariat
5 Nathan Marcus: Austria, the League of Nations, and the Birth of Multilateral Financial Control
6 Zoltan Peterecz: Hungary and the League of Nations: A Forced Marriage
7 Johannes Feichtinger: On the Fraught Internationalism of Intellectuals: Alfons Dopsch, Austria, and the League's Intellectual Cooperation Program
Part Two: Remaking Territories and Borders
8 Peter Becker: Remaking Mobility: International Conferences and the Emergence of the Modern Passport System
9 Madeleine Lynch Dungy: International Commerce in the Wake of Empire: Central European Economic Integration between National and Imperial Sovereignty
10 David Petruccelli: Fighting the Scourge of International Crime: The Internationalisation of Policing and Criminal Law in Interwar Europe
11 Martina Steer: Nation, Internationalism, and the Policies against Trafficking in Girls and Women after the Fall of the Habsburg Empire
12 Antal Berkes: The League of Nations and the Optants Disputes of the Hungarian Borderlands: Romania, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia
13 Borries Kuzmany: Non-Territorial Autonomy in Interwar European Minority Protection and Its Habsburg Legacies
14 Sarah Lemmen: Beyond the League of Nations: Public Debates on International Relations in Czechoslovakia during the Interwar Period
Patricia Clavin: An Epilogue to the Making and Unmaking of Central Europe and Global Order

About the author: 

Peter Becker is Professor of Austrian History in the Department of History at the University of Vienna. Before moving to Vienna, he held a professorship at the European University Institute in Florence, where he started his research on the history of modern state and governance especially of the Habsburg monarchy and on the cultural history of public administration.; Natasha Wheatley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, she completed her PhD at Columbia University and was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

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