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In the Shadow of the Great War: Physical Violence in East-Central Europe, 1917–1923

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In the Shadow of the Great War

Physical Violence in East-Central Europe, 1917–1923

Edited by Jochen Böhler, Ota Konrád, and Rudolf Kučera

236 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-939-6 $130.00/£96.00 / Hb / Published (January 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-940-2 eBook

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“Overall, the volume offers a broad panorama of the history of violence in East Central Europe. The individual essays are thematically diverse and offer an excellent synthesis of multilingual sources of research literature and theory.” • H-Soz-Kult

“This is an excellent collection of high-quality essays on a topic that is at the cutting edge of the field and which builds on a fast-growing interest in the impacts of the First World War.” • Roland Clark, University of Liverpool


Whether victorious or not, Central European states faced fundamental challenges after the First World War as they struggled to contain ongoing violence and forge peaceful societies. This collection explores the various forms of violence these nations confronted during this period, which effectively transformed the region into a laboratory for state-building. Employing a bottom-up approach to understanding everyday life, these studies trace the contours of individual and mass violence in the interwar era while illuminating their effects upon politics, intellectual developments, and the arts.

Jochen Böhler is Temporary Chair Holder for Eastern European History at Jena University, Germany. His publications include Civil War in Central Europe: The Reconstruction of Poland, 1918–1921 (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Ota Konrád is Associate Professor of Modern History at Charles University in Prague. He co-authored (together with Rudolf Kučera) Out of the Apocalypse. Physical Violence in the Fall and Reconstruction of Central Europe, 1914–1922 (Academia, 2018, in Czech).

Rudolf Kučera is Deputy Director for Research at the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His publications include Rationed Life: Science, Everyday Life, and Working Class Politics in the Bohemian Lands, 1914–1918 (Berghahn Books, 2016).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Peace and Conflict Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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