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Defending the Rights of Others


  • 13 b/w illus. 6 maps
  • Page extent: 450 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.81 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 323.1192/404/09034
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: D359.7 .F56 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • World politics--19th century
    • World politics--1900-1945
    • Minorities--Legal status, laws, etc.--Europe--History
    • Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Europe--History
    • Minorities--Europe--History

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521838375 | ISBN-10: 0521838371)

When the Cold War ended between 1989 and 1991, statesmen and scholars reached back to the period after World War I when the victors devised minority treaties for the new and expanded states of Eastern Europe. This book is a study of the entire period between 1878 and 1938, when the great powers established a system of external supervision to reduce the threats in Europe's most volatile regions of irredentism, persecution and uncontrolled waves of westward migration. It is a study of the strengths and weaknesses of an early state of international human rights diplomacy as practised by rival and often uninformed Western political leaders, by ardent but divided Jewish advocates, and also by aggressive state minority champions, in the tumultuous age of nationalism and imperialism, bolshevism and fascism between Bismarck and Hitler.

• Based on archival research in eleven countries • Presents several perspectives, including those of the great powers, the Jews and minority advocates, the governments with minorities, and Germany • Examines early period of human rights diplomacy


List of maps; List of photographs; Preface; Abbreviations; A note on place and personal names; Part I. From Empires to New States: 1. Prologue: the Congress of Berlin; 2. Bucharest, August 1913; 3. The Great War; 4. Lemberg; Part II. The Minority Treaties: 5. Paris; 6. Pinsk; 7. May; 8. The 'Little Versailles'; Part III. A New Era of Minority Rights?: 9. Geneva; 10. Berlin; 11. Epilogue: the road to Munich; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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