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The first panel will analyze the outcome of the peace negotiations, including a re-examination of the problems that were solved, left unsolved, or newly created. The new values and standards these efforts gave birth to will be discussed, despite possible disillusionment regarding their implementation: a new international order and diplomacy, the demarcation of new borders and the development of international law and the rise of new norms, such as self-determination, democracy, international cooperation and economic exchange.
Prof. Jennifer KeeneChapman University
Jennifer D. Keene holds the chair of the department of history at Chapman University, California. She specializes in the American military experience during World War I and is currently President of the Society of Military History. She has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: The United States and the First World War (2000), Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), and World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011), and The United States and the First World War (2000). Furthermore, she has published numerous essays and journal articles on the war, served as an historical consultant for exhibits and films, and as an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) as well as of the Journal of First World War Studies. Prof. Keene served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) and is also a general editor for 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, a peer-reviewed online encyclopedia and major digital humanities project.
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Prof. Laurence BadelUniversity Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I)
Laurence Badel is a professor of international history at the University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I) and the director of the Center of the History of Contemporary International Relations, as well as the director of the International Relations Master Program. Her work focuses on economic diplomacy, European diplomatic practices, globalization, regionalization, and interregionalism between the European Union and Asia. Her recent publications include the monograph Diplomatie et grands contrats. L’État français et les marchés extérieurs au 20e siècle (2010), as well as numerous articles and contributions to edited volumes, focusing on French historiography and European-Asian diplomatic relations.
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Prof. Jörn LeonhardAlbert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Jörn Leonhard is a professor for the modern history of Western Europe at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He works on modern European history in a comparative perspective. Some of his main focuses are the history of liberalism and nationalism, research on multi-ethnic empires, and the history of war and peace. His monograph Pandora's Box. History of the First World War (Die Büchse der Pandora. Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs) (2014), published in English in 2018, was critically acclaimed by both academic and general audiences. His current research projects include “Empires – Die Krise der Vielfalt im langen 19. Jahrhundert“, in cooperation with Ulrike von Hirschhausen, and “Der überforderte Frieden. Versailles und die Welt 1918-1923”.
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