If the Austro-Hungarian empire gave way to a new order of nation-states at the end of the First World War, the birth of that order coincided with a broader new international settlement with the League of Nations at its heart. In light of new literature on the relationship between empire and international order, as well as on the relationship between regional and international orders, this workshop will examine the interaction of the League of Nations and its sister organizations, like the ILO, with the former Habsburg lands.
Across a range of economic, social, political, and legal domains, international institutions shaped and guaranteed the new order in Central Europe. At the same time, statesmen, bureaucrats and experts from the successor states embarked on influential careers in the new organizations.
Considering the passive involvement of the monarchy with the new internationalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as the empire’s own legacies of supranational organization, we intend to explore the networks of influence that bound the successor states to the institutions of the interwar order.
To what extent were those interactions inflected by imperial pasts? Were some successor states more active participants in those institutions than others? In which ways and on which occasions did the League and the successor states offer each other political opportunities?
Day One: Thursday, 10 December
Registration: 08:30 a.m.
Welcome: 09:00 a.m.
Morning Session PANEL ONE
Empires and States: Public Campaigns, New Claims, and Political Legacies
Michael Dean (California): The Imperial Internationalism of Small States: Czechoslovakia and the League of Nations, 1918-1938
Zoltan Peterecz (Eger, HU): Hungary and the League of Nations: A Forced Marriage
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
Reinhard Blänkner (Frankfurt Oder): Peaceful Change? The Austrian Memoranda-Group at the League of Nations’ General Study Conference on Peaceful Change, Paris, June 28 – July 3, 1937
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon Session PANEL TWO
Minorities and Nationalities between Empire and Internationalization
Stefan Dyroff (Bern): The Minority Protection System of the League of Nations and the Legacy of the Habsburg Empire
Nathan Markus (St. Petersberg): The League of Nations and National Minorities: The Case of South Tyrol
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
Börries Kuzmany (Vienna): National-Personal Autonomy. A Habsburg Concept Transferred to Interwar Minority Protection Organizations
Jana Osterkamp (Munich): Promoting Jews as a Nationality: The Perspective of Viennese Chief Rabbi Chajes
Evening: Keynote Lecture
Glenda Sluga (Sydney): 'Global Austria' and the League of Nations: Reframing the history of empire and internationalism
Day Two: Friday, 11 December
Morning Session PANEL THREE
National Delegates and International Work: Refashioning the League
Jíra Janáč (Prague): Making Czechoslovakia a European Crossroad: Czechoslovak Experts in the Advisory and Technical Committee on Communications and Transit of the League of Nations
Madeleine Dungy (Cambridge, US): Defending the Rights of Austrian “Foreigners” in the League Economic Committee
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
Katja Naumann (Leipzig): Empowering the League of Nations: Polish, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian Officers and Experts
Madeleine Herren (Basel): International Civil Servants
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon Session PANEL FOUR
Epistemic Communities and Networks of Experts: Refashioning the Region
Sara Silverstein (New Haven): Healthcare and Humanism: Imperial Legacies in the League’s Social Programs
14:45-15:30: David Petruccelli (Vienna)
Fighting the Scourge of International Crime: Illiberal Internationalism and the League of Nations
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
Michael Burri (Philadelphia): Clemens von Pirquet and Children as Object of International Concern at the League of Nations
Johannes Feichtinger (Wien): Expectations, Visions, and Frustrations: Alfons Dopsch and the League Intellectual Cooperation Program
Day Three: Saturday, 12 December
Morning Session PANEL FIVE
Economic Reconstruction and Legacies of International Governance
Patricia Clavin and Mary Cox (Oxford): A Global Node, a Global Order: Austria and the invention of ‘Positive Security’
Jürgen Nautz (Warburg): “… insoweit es möglich und sobald es möglich ist...” Agency and Perception of economic experts - the Schüller case
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Antonie Doležalová (Prague): Financing the New Czechoslovakia
12:15-14:30 Lunch break
General Comments and Moderation by Natasha Wheatley and Peter Becker