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Reform and Revolution in Europe, 1917–19: Entangled and Transnational Histories

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Ajankohta:16.3.2017 – 18.3.2016
Paikka:Tampere, Suomi
Reform and Revolution in Europe, 1917–19: Entangled and Transnational Histories University of Tampere, Finland, 16–18 March 2017

This international conference in historical sciences analyses the political, cultural, intellectual and societal influences of the First World War in Europe, focusing especially on the emergence of new nation states. The Finnish process of declaring independence in 1917 is related to the international developments of the time, paying particular attention to transnational interaction. In Finland, the Russian Revolution of February/March 1917 started a period of constitutional ferment which led to widespread political mobilisation, constitutional controversies, a declaration of independence in the aftermath of the October/November Revolution in December 1917, a civil war in spring 1918, and finally to adoption of a republican constitution as a compromise in July 1919. In all of these phases the Finnish process of becoming an independent state was linked to and dependent on inter- and transnational developments.

The purpose of this conference is to better understand the formation of new independent states and the reforms and revolutions of established polities in international, comparative and transnational contexts. Comparative and transnational perspectives help us to rethink and relativize national histories, reinforcing some national exceptional features and demonstrating the entangled nature of many national experiences.

Keynote speakers

The invited keynote speakers and their titles include:

Call for papers

We invite proposals by 15 April 2016 for papers and sessions focusing on the general theme of the conference.

Second call for papers (pdf) in English |suomeksi| på svenska.

The organisers will inform you about the inclusion of your paper in the programme during June 2016.


Registration will open in the beginning of September.

Conference fee

100 euros (80 euros for students)

150 euros after 30 November 2016


The conference is organised by the Finnish Historical Society, University of Tampere and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in the History of Society. The conference is part of the Centennial Anniversary of the Republic of Finland.

The organising committee:

Dr. Juhana Aunesluoma (Helsinki)
Prof. Pertti Haapala (Tampere)
Prof. Pasi Ihalainen (Jyväskylä)
Prof. Petri Karonen (Jyväskylä)
Prof. Tiina Kinnunen (Oulu), chair
Prof. Taina Syrjämaa (Turku)
Prof. Kari Teräs (Tampere)


For further information on the conference programme, contact 1917conference-organisers[at]uta.fi.

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