Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Omer Bartov ─ Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Book signing and reception to follow.

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Shatterzone of Empires is a comprehensive analysis of interethnic relations, coexistence, and violence in Europe's eastern borderlands over the past two centuries. In this vast territory, extending from the Baltic to the Black Sea, four major empires with ethnically and religiously diverse populations encountered each other along often changing and contested borders. Examining this geographically widespread, multicultural region at several levels—local, national, transnational, and empire—and through multiple approaches—social, cultural, political, and economic—this volume offers informed and dispassionate analyses of how the many populations of these borderlands managed to coexist in a previous era and how and why the areas eventually descended into violence. An understanding of this specific region will help readers grasp the preconditions of interethnic coexistence and the causes of ethnic violence and war in many of the world's other borderlands both past and present.

Commentators on the panel will include:

David Kertzer, Faculty Fellow, Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies

Keith Brown, Professor (Research) and Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs

Beshara Doumani, Director of Middle East Studies, Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History, Brown University

LiliaTopouzova, Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies, Pembroke Center, Brown University

Klaus Roth, Institut für Volkskunde/European Ethnology, Munich University

Meet the Author

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University.