World-Counter-Revolutions: 1917-1920 from a Global Perspective

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Schloss Herrenhausen
Fachpublikum Wissenschaft

Conference on transnational and comparative approaches from social, economic, cultural and political history in Hanover, June 9 to 11, 2016.

See: Documentation on the Symposium "World-Counter-Revolutions" (incl. Audio Recordings)

1917 was an important year for historical change on a global scale - not only due to the American entry into the War and the Russian Revolution. The year can rightly be considered the turning point of the First World War and the foundations for the decisive structures of the short 20th century. Contemporary observers recognized these global connections very well. But in the historiography limited to the Nation State these global connections did not matter for decades. This has changed during recent years. New research projects have analyzed the transnational links between the innumerable revolts, rebellions and revolutions and the following violent reactions in all parts of the world. They have focused on the scarcely known incidents far away from the global "centers", investigated south-south relations and revealed new research potentials.

The conference will unite these new investigations and open up space for dialogues. Transnational and comparative approaches will be considered as well as perspectives from social, economic, cultural and political history. The revolutions and counterrevolutions of the years 1917-1920 will be compared. Their entanglements will be analyzed in a global context. How did the revolutionary potential develop in different world regions before 1917? What was the impact of the Russian Revolution? How can transfers of knowledge, experiences and practices be described? What kind of images were spread on a transnational scale? How can the relationship between local and external causes be described? What was the importance of violence in the disputes of the late war years and the early post-war years? What kind of reactions developed? To what extent were revolutionary and counterrevolutionary movements in different contexts and continents linked to each other?

We are looking forward to welcoming researchers at the conference "World-Counter-Revolutions: 1917-1920 from a Global Perspective" from June 9-11, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. The program is available in the column on the right.


Panel I: The Russian Revolution in Europe and Beyond
Panel II: Anti-Colonial and Anti-Imperial Movements
Panel III: The Role of Violence
Panel IV: Nationalist Movements and Transnational Connections
Panel V: Visions of Order  
Panel VI: Perils of Democracy 
Panel VII: Cultural Manifestations of Revolution

Confirmed speakers include
Dietrich Beyrau (Tübingen), Robert Gerwarth (Dublin), David Hopkins (Glasgow), Patrick J. Houlihan (Oxford),  Ricardo Pérez Montfort (Mexico City), Tomio Izao (Yamaguchi), Michael Jabara Carley (Montréal), Abdulhamit Kirmizi (Istanbul), Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg), Jie Hyun Lim (Seoul), María Inés Tato (Buenos Aires), Adam Tooze (Columbia), Enric Ucelay-Da Cal (Barcelona), Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld), Guoqi Xu (Hong Kong).


Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin) and
Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt (Humboldt Universität Berlin)


If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link in the right column. There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.


The conference language is English.

Venue and public transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a new conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".