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Constructing the Borderland: The Legacy of Versailles and the Small States of Central Europe

Kelemen, Zoltán and Szalai, Máté (2019) Constructing the Borderland: The Legacy of Versailles and the Small States of Central Europe. Corvinus Journal of International Affairs, 4 (2-4). pp. 51-60. DOI https://doi.org/10.14267/cojourn.2019v4n2a3

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.14267/cojourn.2019v4n2a3

Special issue on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the treaty of versailles

Abstract

The paper seeks to interpret the unique nature of the Central European region as a borderland of the Western society of states, a status which developed throughout history but crystallized most clearly as a result of the Versailles peace treaties. We track this process through understanding the specific route of Central European state formation by juxtaposing the impact of two key periods of early modern intellectual evolution on the region. Pointing to the belatedness of absolutistic centralisation and the timely arrival of nationalism in Central Europe, we show how the latter dismantled the more heterogeneous and centralised states of the region. Following this, the consequences of the Versailles Treaties are evaluated with a focus on the self-perceived image of the new countries and the role of intellectuals.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:enlightenment, Versailles, Central Europe, small states, borderland
Subjects:International relations
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14267/cojourn.2019v4n2a3
ID Code:4388
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:27 Dec 2019 09:49
Last Modified:27 Dec 2019 09:49

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