CALL FOR PAPERS: “The Treaty of Riga and Other Post-Versailles Treaties as Elements of the Interwar World-Order in Central and Eastern Europe” (CFP until 30.11.2020)

CALL FOR PAPERS: “The Treaty of Riga and Other Post-Versailles Treaties as Elements of the Interwar World-Order in Central and Eastern Europe” (CFP until 30.11.2020)

Place Krakow, Poland, POLAND
Organizer Pedagogical University of Kraków
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The Department of Contemporary History
at the Institute of History and Archival Studies
of the Pedagogical University of Kraków

cordially invites you to participate in the international conference

“The Treaty of Riga and Other Post-Versailles Treaties as Elements of the Interwar World-Order in Central and Eastern Europe”

September 22-24, 2021
Kraków, Poland

Conference Committee:

Prof. Mariusz Wołos, Chair of the Department of Contemporary History
Dr. Piotr Puchalski, e-mail:, tel. +48 514 715 478
Dr. Mateusz Drozdowski, e-mail:; tel. +48 608 670 159

The conference is organized under the auspices of Prof. Piotr Borek, Rector of the Pedagogical University, and Dr. Agnieszka Chłosta-Sikorska, Director of the Institute of History and Archival Studies.

You are cordially invited to participate in our conference, which commemorates the centennial of the Polish-Soviet peace treaty signed in March 1921. This agreement not only sanctioned the border between the resurrected Polish Republic, on the one hand, and Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine, on the other, but also constituted a major pillar of European peace and as such should be viewed as an element of the broadly defined Versailles order in the years 1921-1939. Our desire to analyze the Treaty of Riga in this broader context has encouraged us to propose the idea of the interwar international system as based upon other “post-Versailles” treaties, some of which stemmed from the need to make the agreements made in Paris more precise whereas others constituted attempts to negotiate Versailles or to contest it. In particular, the treaties in question are Saint-Germain-en-Laye (September 1919), Trianon (June 1920), Rapallo (April 1922 r.), Locarno (October 1925), among others. We would like the treaties to become a reference point for reflection and discussion for the participants in our conference, in the fields of political and diplomatic as well as economic and social history.

The conference will tackle, but will not be limited to, the following questions:

The political and ideological background of the Treaty of Riga and other treaties signed in the aftermath of World War I.
The historical episodes connected to the negotiation process that preceded the signing of the treaties. How did the talks proceed? In what ways did the delegations affect them? Who were the decisive figures? Biographical sketches of the most important individuals participating in the making of the postwar order.
The content of the treaties analyzed from political and legal perspectives, and also in terms of the theory of international relations and contemporary attempts to create an efficient system for European peace and security. In what ways did various political concepts, such as national self-determination, were reflected in the text of the documents? Comparative textual analysis of the international agreements.
The effects and results of the treaties: political, legal, ideological, military social, and economic. What did international relations, including the commercial ones, look like in Europe as the treaties were implemented? What about the actions undertaken to implement, maintain or abolish them? The situation of national minorities. The development of political concepts and systems aimed at destroying the broadly defined Versailles order.
The purpose of the list is to illustrate the major topics of the conference, but we are open to all topics that creatively expand beyond these bounds. The papers presented at the conference will be published following a scholarly review.

Due to the probability of the epidemiological danger related to COVID-19 receding in September 2021, we are planning to organize the event in the traditional form. In case the pandemic does not subside, however, we will adjust accordingly by switching to the hybrid form. This would mean that, in addition to in-person meetings taking place with all the possible precautions, our guests would then have the opportunity of participating online.

Given that our logistical preparations are complicated in the midst of a pandemic, your declaration whether you would like to participate is most valuable to us so that we can count the number of our guests. You can send us other information, such as the title and abstract of your talk, at a later date, i.e. until January 15, 2021. We will contact you regarding these details individually if you express interest in attending.

You will find the application form below. We kindly ask you to submit your application by November 30, 2020. You could also download the Word version of the application form, fill it, and e-mail it to Again, you may leave out the title and abstract of your talk for now.