By Volker Prott

The Politics of Self-Determination examines the territorial restructuring of Europe among 1917 and 1923, whilst a substantially new and hugely fragile peace order used to be verified. It opens with an exploration of the peace making plans efforts of significant Britain, France, and the USA within the ultimate section of the 1st international warfare. It then offers an in-depth view at the perform of Allied border drawing on the Paris Peace convention of 1919, focussing on a brand new think about overseas policymaking-academic specialists hired by means of the 3 Allied states to help in peace making plans and border drawing. This exam of the overseas point is juxtaposed with case experiences of disputed areas the place the newly drawn borders brought on ethnic violence, albeit with diverse effects: the go back of Alsace-Lorraine to France in 1918-19, and the Greek-Turkish battle among 1919 and 1922. a last bankruptcy investigates the technique of the League of countries to territorial revisionism and minority rights, thereby assessing the probabilities and hazards of the Paris peace order over the process the Twenties and 1930s.

Volker Prott argues that at either the foreign and the neighborhood degrees, the 'temptation of violence' drove key actors to simplify the acclaimed precept of nationwide self-determination and use ethnic definitions of nationwide id. whereas the Allies hence was hoping to prevent uncomfortable judgements and painstaking efforts to set up an elusive renowned will, neighborhood elites, administrations, and paramilitary leaders quickly used ethnic notions of id to mobilise well known aid below the guise of overseas legitimacy. Henceforth, nationwide self-determination ceased to be a device of peace-making and as a substitute turned an ideology of violent resistance.

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