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21 Apr 2015 10:00 - 17:00

SSEES 100: Historical Parallels, Contemporary Perspectives - Central Europe 100 Years On

The Third Central Europe Symposium will reflect on the parallels and contrasts between the momentous changes during and immediately following the First World War and the dramatic challenges the European project faces in the present.

Featuring panels on Culture, Economics, and Politics/History

In particular, the symposium will approach the 25th anniversary of the collapse of one-party regimes in Central and Eastern Europe not simply as the end of a forty-year experiment with communism, but as the latest moment in a century-long process of transformation.

This year UCL SSEES celebrates its centenary and recalls the lecture which inaugurated the School, delivered by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk in 1915, “The Problem of Small Nations in the European Crisis”.

Background and rationale

One hundred years ago, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk—soon to become the first President of Czechoslovakia—delivered the inaugural lecture at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London. Masaryk argued that the small nations of Central Europe would have a distinctive role to play in the post-war world and were key to resolving the European crisis that had culminated in the outbreak of the First World War.

In the intervening century the face of Europe has changed immeasurably—and ultimately for the better. Yet the persistence of some of the major questions Masaryk grappled with a century ago is palpable. What is the position of the smaller European nations, societies and cultures in relation to larger ones? How should one understand the changing role and identity of the Central European region? How should one reconcile the need for European integration with local autonomy and national diversity?

REGISTER NOW: https://historicalparallels.eventbrite.co.uk

Followed by a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia

Hosted by UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Embassies of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia


UCL Archaeology LT, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY


21 Apr 2015 10:00 - 17:00


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