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Twilight of Empire: The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917-1918

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Twilight of Empire

The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917-1918

By Borislav Chernev

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Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: Canada, 01 June 2017
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.

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.

EAN: 9781487501495
ISBN: 1487501498
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Dimensions: 29.46 x 8.13 x 2.54 centimetres (0.65 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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