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The Versailles Treaty and Its Legacies

April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The enormous human and financial costs of the First World War created the emotionally charged context for the 1919 Versailles peace conference. The victorious Allies wanted to hold their enemies responsible for the conflict, but they also sought to create a “world safe for democracy.” These divergent aims led to recriminations, unfulfilled promises, and anger. Recognizing the complex legacy of the Versailles Treaty on its 100th anniversary, this seminar will explore how the peace treaty reshaped national politics in postwar Germany, blocked the nationalist hopes of anticolonial leaders based in Paris, and ignored the aspirations of minority populations in the former Ottoman Empire. How does the legacy of Versailles influence our own era or the search for solutions to conflicts in our own time? What can we learn by examining the mistakes of people in 1919 who sought (but failed) to avoid future wars?


The Versailles Treaty and the Aftermath of World War I in Germany
Karen Hagemann, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History

Paris: The Crucible of Anticolonialism in the Interwar Period
Maximilian P. Owre, Teaching Assistant Professor of History and Executive Director, Carolina Public Humanities

The Meaning of Minorities in the Interwar Middle East
Sarah D. Shields, Professor of History

Learning and Ignoring the Lessons of Versailles
Klaus W. Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History

What Can We Learn from the Legacies of the Versailles Treaty?
A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, April 6. The tuition is $125 ($115 until January 18). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until January 18). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 3-4 weeks before the program date. 
After the program: Attendees can listen to recordings from the event here.


April 6, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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