We kindly invite you to tune in to the live stream of our international conference "Treaty of Riga and Other Post-Versailles Treaties as Elements of the Interwar World-Order in Central and Eastern Europe.” Taking place physically at the Pedagogical University of Kraków, the conference is featuring scholars from the United States, Canada, France, Belarus, Russia, and Poland. The live stream starts on Wednesday, September 22 at 9:45am GMT+2, and the conference ends on Friday in the afternoon. The program as well as other information, including the link to the stream, are available on our website at https://riga1921.up.krakow.pl/.
Our conference 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.
On behalf of the organizing committee,
Assistant Professor of Modern History
Institute of History and Archival Studies
Pedagogical University of Kraków