The long shadow of the First World War

Panel 2

Federal Foreign Office

The second panel is dedicated to the longue durée – the long shadow of the First World War – and the issues crucial for understanding the peace order (or disorder) that followed the war. Various regions will be examined – not only in Europe, but also in Africa and other former colonies, where conflicts persist until the present day and the shadow of the First World War continues to loom. To what extent do current conflicts originate from the decisions made after the First World War, and how should we address them?

Speakers Panel 2

The long shadow of the First World War
Chair: Michael Thumann

Foreign Policy Correspondent for DIE ZEIT

Michael Thumann is a Berlin-based foreign policy correspondent for the German newspaper Die Zeit. He writes on international politics, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Thumann was the director of the Moscow office of Die Zeit. Before that, he was the newspaper’s chief editor for the Middle East. Based in Istanbul, he covered the Arab Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia. Prior to his posting in Istanbul, he served as Die Zeit’s Foreign Editor from 2001-2007, and as the Moscow correspondent of Die Zeit from 1996-2001,
reporting on Russia’s relations with the Islamic populations of the Caucasus and Central Asia. In the year 2000, he did a research stay at the
Lomonossow-University in Moscow, conducting research for his book Das Lied von der russischen Erde. Moskaus Ringen um Einheit und Größe (2002)
on Russian federalism.
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Prof. Marie-Janine Calic

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Marie-Janine Calic is the chair of the department for the history of Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The main focusses of her work are on Yugoslavia and its successor states, ethnic minorities in the Balkans, German and European Balkan policy, the history of conflict, international peacekeeping and “Vergangenheitspolitik”. Her newest monograph, Südosteuropa. Weltgeschichte einer Region, was published in 2016. She currently holds a scholarship at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, where she is working on her newest project “Tito and Yugoslavia's ‘active peaceful coexistence’ policy in the Cold War”. As a policy advisor and distinguished expert for Southeastern Europe, Prof. Calic has advised the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, carried out evaluations for the European Commission and European Science Foundation, and regularly writes and gives interviews on questions concerning the Balkan region in the media.
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Prof. Rana Mitter

University of Oxford

Rana Mitter is a professor of the history and politics of modern China at the University of Oxford and the director of the University of Oxford China Centre. He studies the emergence of nationalism in modern China, both in the early 20th century and in the contemporary era. He is particularly interested in the impact of China's war with Japan in the 1930s and 1940s on the development of Chinese politics, society, and culture. Prof. Mitter has authored several monographs, including the award-winning A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (2004) and his most recent publication, China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (2013). He is currently working as a principal investigator for the interdisciplinary research project “China’s War with Japan”. Furthermore, he is part of the project “The Making of Postwar Order in Europe and East Asia”, which is part of the Oxford-Princeton research collaboration.
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Prof. Edhem Eldem

Boğaziçi University and Collège de France

Edhem Eldem is a professor at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and holds the chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France, Paris. He has taught as visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard, at the EHESS, EPHE, and ENS in Paris, and has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. An expert on late Ottoman history, he has worked on the Levant trade, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the socio-economic development of Istanbul, the Ottoman Bank, archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, and late Ottoman first-person narratives and biographies. Prof. Eldem has also curated a number of exhibitions on such topics as the Ottoman Bank, Galata, the Ottoman culture of death, popular Orientalism, and the history of archaeology. Among his publications are his dissertation at Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I, French Trade in Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century (1999), A History of the Ottoman Bank (2000), Death in Istanbul (2004), Consuming the Orient (2007), Mendel-Sebah: Documenting the Imperial Museum (2014) and Camera Ottomana (2015, with Z. Çelik).
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Prof. Yaroslav Hrytsak

Lviv National University

Yaroslav Hrytsak is the Director of the Institute for Historical Research at the Lviv National University. He is a professor of history at the Ukrainian Catholic University and at the Lviv National University, and a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest. His research interests include Modern History of Eastern Europe, Modern Intellectual History, Nationalism Studies, Cultural History and Historical Memory. Prof. Hrytsak is vice-president of the Scientific Advisory Board for Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University and co-chairman of the German-Ukrainian historian’s commission. He is the author of a number of books among which are Passions after Nationalism, Historical Essays (2004, in Ukrainian), Prophet in His Fatherland: Ivan Franko and His Community (2006, in Ukrainian), and New Ukraine, New Interpreptations (2009, in Polish). Prof. Hrytsak publishes regularly in journals like Ukraina Moderna, Kraina, and the renowned Novoe vremja.
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Hanna Radziejowska

Wola Museum

Hanna Radziejowska is the curator, producer and author of numerous cultural and museum projects. She is currently head of the Wola Museum in Warsaw. In this role, she authored two programs, “City Laboratory” and “Museum Laboratory” (, the latter including the One Exhibit Room which is implemented in the Wola Museum. Radziejowska has worked in various Warsaw cultural institutions and self-governing bodies, including the Warsaw Rising Museum, the History Meeting House, the Copernicus Science Centre, the District Council of Targówek, and the Museum of Warsaw. She realized, among others, the “REBLOK Blokowiska Reaktywacja” project and the Polish-German seminary “The Culture of Remembrance in Poland and Germany in the 20th Century”. She co-created the Warsaw Festival of Innocent Wizards. Furthermore, Radziejowska curated the exhibitions “Reinefarth w Warszawie. Dowody zbrodni”, “Masażystki, czyli przestrzenie intymne Warszawy”, and “Marzenia o lataniu”.
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