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Twilight of Empire

Twilight of Empire is the first book in English to examine the Brest-Litovsk Peace Conference during the later stages of World War I with the use of extensive archival sources. Two separate peace treaties were signed at Brest-Litovsk - the first between the Central Powers and Ukraine and the second between the Central Powers and Bolshevik Russia. Borislav Chernev, through an insightful and in-depth analysis of primary sources and archival material, argues that although its duration was short lived, the Brest-Litovsk settlement significantly affected the post-Imperial transformation of East Central Europe. The conference became a focal point for the interrelated processes of peacemaking, revolution, imperial collapse, and nation-state creation in the multi-ethnic, entangled spaces of East Central Europe. Chernev's analysis expands beyond the traditional focus on the German-Russian relationship, paying special attention to the policies of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. The transformations initiated by the Brest-Litovsk conferences ushered in the twilight of empire as the Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Ottoman Empires all shared the fate of their Romanov counterpart at the end of World War I.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Note on Transliteration and Place Names Glossary Introduction: A Forgotten Peace Chapter 1: Ostpolitik Meets World Revolution Chapter 2: Peacemaking and Self-Determination at Brest-Litovsk Chapter 3: The Great January Strike as a Prelude to Revolution in Austria Chapter 4: The Brest-Litovsk System and Modern Ukrainian Statehood Chapter 5: Brest-Litovsk and the Elusive Bulgarian "Dream of Byzantium" Chapter 6: The Second Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and After Conclusion: Brest-Litovsk and Europe's Twentieth Century Notes Bibliography Index

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"Twilight of Empire is a serious contribution to scholarship on World War I. Borislav Chernev skilfully maps the transition from imperial to post-imperial politics in East Central Europe." -- Maciej Gorny, Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau

About the Author

Borislav Chernev is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Exeter.

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