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The Politics of Self-Determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917–1923

Volker Prott


This study examines the territorial restructuring of Europe between 1917 and 1923, when a radically new and highly fragile peace order was established. In a first step, it explores the peace planning efforts of Great Britain, France, and the United States in the final phase of the First World War. It then provides an in-depth view on the practice of Allied border drawing at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Special attention is given to a new factor in foreign policymaking—academic experts employed by the three Allied states for the tasks of peace planning and border drawing. Two case studie ... More

Keywords: Paris Peace Conference of 1919, nationalism, ethnic violence, expertise, borders, Alsace-Lorraine, Greek–Turkish War of 1919–1923, League of Nations, interwar period, international history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Volker Prott, author
Lecturer in Modern European History, The University of Melbourne