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In the Shadow of the Great War
Physical Violence in East-Central Europe, 1917–1923
Edited by Jochen Böhler, Ota Konrád, and Rudolf Kučera
236 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-939-6 $130.00/£96.00 Hb Published (January 2021)
eISBN 978-1-78920-940-2 eBook
“This is an excellent collection of high-quality essays on a topic that is at the cutting edge of the field and which builds on a fast-growing interest in the impacts of the First World War.” • Roland Clark, University of Liverpool
Whether victorious or not, Central European states faced fundamental challenges after the First World War as they struggled to contain ongoing violence and forge peaceful societies. This collection explores the various forms of violence these nations confronted during this period, which effectively transformed the region into a laboratory for state-building. Employing a bottom-up approach to understanding everyday life, these studies trace the contours of individual and mass violence in the interwar era while illuminating their effects upon politics, intellectual developments, and the arts.
Jochen Böhler is Temporary Chair Holder for Eastern European History at Jena University, Germany. His publications include Civil War in Central Europe: The Reconstruction of Poland, 1918–1921 (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Ota Konrád is Associate Professor of Modern History at Charles University in Prague. He co-authored (together with Rudolf Kučera) Out of the Apocalypse. Physical Violence in the Fall and Reconstruction of Central Europe, 1914–1922 (Academia, 2018, in Czech).
Rudolf Kučera is Deputy Director for Research at the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His publications include Rationed Life: Science, Everyday Life, and Working Class Politics in the Bohemian Lands, 1914–1918 (Berghahn Books, 2016).
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Peace and Conflict Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
Table of Contents
Jochen Böhler, Ota Konrád and Rudolf Kučera
Chapter 1. The Baltikumer: Collective Violence and German Paramilitaries after 1918
Chapter 2. Pogroms and Imposture: The Violent Self-Formation of Ukrainian Warlords
Chapter 3. Toward an Interactional Theory of Sexual Violence: The White Terror in Hungary between 1919 and 1921
Chapter 4. The Many Lives of Mrs. Hamburger: Gender, Violence, and Counter-Revolution, 1919–1930
Emily R. Gioielli
Chapter 5. “A Little Murderous Party”: Poland after the First World War in the Works of Joseph Roth
Chapter 6. Suicide Discourses: The Austrian Example in the International Context from World War I to the 1930s
Chapter 7. The “Healthy Nerves” of the Nation: War Neuroses in Austria-Hungary and its Successor States
Chapter 8. Forging a “Winning Spirit”: The North American YMCA and the Czechoslovak Army 1918–1921
Chapter 9. When the Defeated Become Victorious: Averting Violence with Football in Post-1918 Romania
Afterword: The End of the Great War and Postwar Problems—Research Conclusions
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