Post-War States and Identities

The Great War came to a close when the Germans laid down their arms in November 1918, but in eastern Europe, domestic debates over national identity erupted anew. In the Baltics, nascent republics vied for international recognition as a means of bolstering their legitimacy and staving off regional competitors. In the Free City of Danzig, wedged between newly rehabilitated Poland and the German territory of East Prussia, German and Polish national identities struggled with the new state established based on economic interests instead of the ideal of self-determination. In Hungary, the new born state strived to use communism as means to fight against the Entente in defending their fragile national independence. And in Belarus, a small band of nationalists navigated the turbulent political crosscurrents of the collapsing Russian Empire to strike for, and briefly form, an independent state. Each of these issues is explored at length in the linked sections of the blog, where four student authors have supplied narrative bibliographies toward this end. Enjoy!