Opening in Paris, as it was still bearing the scars of the bombings of the war, the 1919-1920 Peace Conference struck people’s minds with its cosmopolitan character and unprecedented ambition. While Vienna had aimed at reorganizing the European order in 1814-1815, Paris had a clear aim of redefining the world order.
As soon as it was opened, the Peace Conference was met with doubts, and even cynicism. It nevertheless carried the great hopes of a return to peace. It is its founding principles – respect for the law, sovereign equality of states, self-determination, public diplomacy –, but also the oppositions and alternative projects that they raised, its sharp or open decisions and their dramatic consequences, positive or bearing the new challenges of the century, that will be at the heart of the debates at our conference.
Comité de pilotage / Steering commitee
Laurence Badel (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Eckart Conze (Universität Marburg), Axel Dröber (Institut historique allemand), Jean-Michel Guieu (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Norman Ingram (Concordia University), Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow), Stefan Martens (Institut historique allemand), Matthias Schulz (université de Genève), William Mulligan (University College Dublin)
Lieux / Places :
Institut historique allemand / German Historical Institute
8 rue du Parc-Royal 75003 Paris
Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères / French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Hôtel du ministre
37 quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris
Château de Versailles
Pavillon Dufour / Auditorium