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The World During the First World War: Perceptions, Experiences, and Consequences

28-30 October 2013

Herrenhausen Symposium

Organisers: Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO); Leibniz Universität Hannover; Volkswagen Stiftung; German Historical Institute London

Venue: Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 4A, 30419 Hannover, Germany

When the First World War is described as the seminal catastrophe of the 20th century, this refers mainly to its effects on Europe. However, this perspective does not adequately capture the global dimensions of the War.

The symposium aims to focus on the First World War as a global event and its far-reaching consequences. The closer look at incidents in Asia, Africa, and Latin America not only makes it possible to address the causes, courses, and consequences of the First World War in their global diversity, but it also allows the determining factors of time and space to be taken into account.

During the symposium, new methodological approaches, and a "relativist chronology" in the sense of Koselleck’s "Layers of Time" will be discussed. The analysis of local social, economic, and political movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America before, during, and after the First World War will remove research patterns from the constraints of a narrow European approach.

Program Committee:

  • Professor Ravi Ahuja, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen
  • Professor Helmut Bley, Department of History, University of Hanover
  • Professor Katrin Bromber, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin
  • Anorthe Kremers, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover
  • Dr Susanne Kuß, Department of History, University of Freiburg
  • Dr Heike Liebau, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin
  • Professor Stefan Rinke, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin
  • Jan Schmidt, MA, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Bochum

Conference programme (PDF file)
Conference report (PDF file), published in: GHIL Bulletin 36 (2014), Vol 1