Europe and Ethnicity: The First World War and Contemporary Ethnic Conflict

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 218 pages
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The 1990s have seen an upsurge in ethnic tensions in many parts of Europe. Europe and Ethnicity suggests the main reasons are to be found in the decisions taken during the first world and at Versailles.
* An introductory chapter analyzes the context of the war with particular reference to regions and states where the national and ethnic questions were particularly complex and intransigent
* Subsequent chapters present case studies from arenas of conflict: Ireland to Yugoslavia; the Middle East to the Baltic states; Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
Europe and Ethnicity confirms the mixed legacy of the period for the ethnic stability of the areas examined, while taking into account the impact of the Second World War and the ending of the Cold War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The genie that would not go back into the bottle National selfdetermination and the legacy of the First World War and the Peace Settlement
10
Yugoslavia The search for a nationstate
30
From Czechs and Slovaks to Czechoslovakia and from Czechoslovakia to Czechs and Slovaks
47
Trentino and Tyrol From Austrian Crownland to European Region
67
Hungary A state truncated a nation dismembered
88
Ukraine Between Eurasia and the West
110
The Baltic states
138
The Middle East Partition and reformation
158
Ireland
177
The enduring legacy Reflections on Versailles
197
Index
209
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Seamus Dunn was formerly Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster. He continues to lecture in the school of History, Philosophy and Politics at the University of Ulster.

T. G. Fraser is professor emeritus of the University of Ulster and the author of "Chaim Weizmann: The Zionist Dream".

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