GERG Director Radhika Desai was featured in a new talk held at “The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories.”
HERRENHAUSEN SYMPOSIUM, MAY 8 – 10, 2017
Organizers: Volkswagen Foundation (https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en….), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, German Historical Institute London and Leibniz University of Hannover
The Herrenhausen Symposium “The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, continuities and memories” took place in Hanover from May 8-10, 2017. It focused on the relation between global history and social history, highlighting actors and regions, and it systematically engaged with the issue of diverse periodizations. In discussing linkages between experience, historiography, and commemoration, the symposium aimed at unsettling the notion of a static and clearly defined “end” of the First World War, a construct mainly based on European developments.
The session ‘Post-war political frameworks, networks and movements’ was chaired by Jennifer Jenkins (Toronto) and featured two keynotes, one by Radhika Desai (Manitoba) and one by Cemil Aydin (North Carolina). It launched debates about the impact of the end of the War on the imperial world order. In her talk, RADHIKA DESAI (Manitoba) described the War as both climax and crisis of imperialism. Desai stressed the need for a structural and long-term analysis of the conflict to understand the War’s exact role in rethinking the twentieth-century world order. She discussed how the Russian Revolution globally unleashed anti-colonial mass movements and how the mechanisms of imperialism changed, as the increased stimulation of national economies illustrates.