CCEAE-Université de Montréal
le mercredi 4 octobre 2017

Germany’s Eurasian Strategy in 1918

Notre série "diversité et civilité" continue, avec des conférences en format atelier.

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Our lecture series on "Diversity and Civility" continues with a selection of seminar presentations.

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Le CCEAE, le Centre d’excellence sur l’union européenne, le IRTG “Diversity" et la Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, Université de Montréal, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la conférence suivante :

« Germany’s Eurasian Strategy in 1918 »

Conférence de Jennifer Jenkins (The University of Toronto)

Quand : Le 4 octobre 2017 (mercredi), 16h00 à 18h00

Où : Salle Lothar-Baier (525-6), 5e étage du Pavillon 3744 Jean-Brlllant, Université de Montréal (métro Côte-des-Neiges).

Resumé :
This paper explores the "moment of German empire" in 1918 at the end of the First World War and its effects on how we think about the trajectories and geographies of twentieth-century German expansionism. With the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk in March 1918, Germany achieved its eastern war aims and ruled briefly over an imperial zone stretching from the Baltic to the Caspian Sea. The concrete effects of the "German moment" in the territories of the collapsing Russian Empire, the Caucasus, Kurdistan and western and northern Iran, all of which had been devastated by the war, are still underexplored. This paper starts with this 1918 moment and explores the emerging Eurasian strategy for German expansionism, which developed during the war and continued through the interwar period. In the 1930s it fed into Nazi thinking on economic and political involvement of Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey (the states of the so-called "northern tier," conceived of as buffer states to contain the Soviet Union). The Eurasian strategy leaves interesting traces in Nazi thinking about the economic ordering of this area as set out in the Nazi Soviet Pact.

Biographie :
Jennifer L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto, where she held a Canada Research Chair in Modern German History (2004-2014). She is the author of Provincial Modernity : Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Hamburg (Ithaca and London : Cornell University Press, 2003) and the co-editor of German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar : The Contest of Futures (London : Bloomsbury, 2016). She has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013-2014 she was a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and is an associate at the Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin this year. She is writing a book on German-Iranian relations from the Crimean War to Operation Barbarossa (Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier : Germany and Iran in the Age of Empire). Further projects include Germany Among the Global Empires 1840 to the Present, “Germany’s Orient, 1905-1979” and “Tehran 1943 : Iran, Europe and the Second World War.”