Radhika Desai - The First World War as a Crisis of the Imperial Order

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.
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). In her talk "The First World war as a Crisis of the Imperial Order", Radhika Desai 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.
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