Documentation: "The World During the First World War"

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Global perceptions, experiences, and consequences of the first world war was subject of the eighth Herrenhausen Symposium, which was held in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany, on October 28 to 30, 2013.

People listening during the Symposium.
Photo: Charlotte Schmitz for Volkswagen Foundation

When the First World War is described as the seminal catastrophe of the 20th century, this refers mainly to its effects on Europe. However, this perspective does not adequately capture the global dimensions of the War.

The symposium aimed to focus on the First World War as a global event and its far-reaching consequences. The closer look at incidents in Asia, Africa, and Latin America not only makes it possible to address the causes, courses, and consequences of the First World War in their global diversity, but it also allows the determining factors of time and space to be taken into account.

During the symposium, new methodological approaches, and a "relativist chronology" in the sense of Koselleck’s "Layers of Time" were discussed. The analysis of local social, economic, and political movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America before, during, and after the First World War removed research patterns from the constraints of a narrow European approach.

Program Committee

Professor Ravi Ahuja, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen

Professor Helmut Bley, Department of History, University of Hanover

Professor Katrin Bromber, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin

Anorthe Kremers, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover

Dr Susanne Kuß, Department of History, University of Freiburg

Dr Heike Liebau, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin

Professor Stefan Rinke, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin

Jan Schmidt, MA, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Bochum

 

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Event Report by Larissa Schmid (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) (pdf)

Program "The World During the First World War" (pdf)