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Author Chernev, Borislav, author

Title Twilight of empire : the Brest-Litovsk Conference and the remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917--1918 / Borislav Chernev
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2017]
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Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration and Place Names; Glossary; Introduction: A Forgotten Peace; 1 Ostpolitik Meets World Revolution; 2 Peacemaking and Self-Determination at Brest-Litovsk; 3 The Great January Strike as a Prelude to Revolution in Austria; 4 The Brest-Litovsk System and Modern Ukrainian Statehood; 5 Brest-Litovsk and the Elusive Bulgarian "Dream of Byzantium"; 6 The Second Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and After; Conclusion: Brest-Litovsk and Europe's Twentieth Century; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Twilight of Empire is the first book in English to examine the Brest-Litovsk Peace Conference during the later stages of World War I with the use of extensive archival sources. Two separate peace treaties were signed at Brest-Litovsk - the first between the Central Powers and Ukraine and the second between the Central Powers and Bolshevik Russia. Borislav Chernev, through an insightful and in-depth analysis of primary sources and archival material, argues that although its duration was short lived, the Brest-Litovsk settlement significantly affected the post-Imperial transformation of East Central Europe. The conference became a focal point for the interrelated processes of peacemaking, revolution, imperial collapse, and nation-state creation in the multi-ethnic, entangled spaces of East Central Europe. Chernev's analysis expands beyond the traditional focus on the German-Russian relationship, paying special attention to the policies of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. The transformations initiated by the Brest-Litovsk conferences ushered in the twilight of empire as the Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Ottoman Empires all shared the fate of their Romanov counterpart at the end of World War I
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 5, 2017)
Subject Brest-Litovsk Peace Conference (1917-1918)
Treaties of Brest-Litovsk (1918)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Peace.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Europe, Central.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Europe, Eastern.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1487513348 (electronic bk.)
9781487513344 (electronic bk.)