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In the Shadow of the Great War: Physical Violence in East-Central Europe, 1917–1923

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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)

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“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
Mathias Voigtmann

Chapter 2. Pogroms and Imposture: The Violent Self-Formation of Ukrainian Warlords
Christopher Gilley

Chapter 3. Toward an Interactional Theory of Sexual Violence: The White Terror in Hungary between 1919 and 1921
Béla Bodó

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
Winson Chu

Chapter 6. Suicide Discourses: The Austrian Example in the International Context from World War I to the 1930s
Hannes Leidinger

Chapter 7. The “Healthy Nerves” of the Nation: War Neuroses in Austria-Hungary and its Successor States
Maciej Górny

Chapter 8. Forging a “Winning Spirit”: The North American YMCA and the Czechoslovak Army 1918–1921
Ondřej Matějka

Chapter 9. When the Defeated Become Victorious: Averting Violence with Football in Post-1918 Romania
Cătălin Parfene

Afterword: The End of the Great War and Postwar Problems—Research Conclusions
Boris Barth

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