East Central Europe in the interwar slump – a work in progress report

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Wednesday 19 January 2022 (14:00-15:00)

Klaus Richter (k.richter@bham.ac.uk)


East Central Europe saw the emergence of a series of democratically constituted new states as a result of the collapse of Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian imperial rule at the end of the First World War.

The majority of these states – Poland, Yugoslavia, the Baltic States and Romania – shifted to authoritarian rule from the mid-1920s and in the 1930s. The speakers at this event argue that, to understand how anti-democratic, anti-liberal and anti-internationalist policies gathered momentum and support across East Central Europe, we need to investigate economic crises as liminal moments, during which previous certainties were suspended, leading to fundamentally new, subjective expectations across societies.

The event is part of the project The Liminality of Failing Democracy: East Central Europe during the Interwar Slump.


  • Anca Mandru (Birmingham)
  • Jasmin Nithammer (Birmingham),
  • Heidi-Hein Kircher (Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg)

The event takes place online on 8 December at 16:00-17:00. Please e-mail Klaus Richter (k.richter@bham.ac.uk) to register and receive the Zoom link.

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