Nachwuchstagung in Vilnius, 8. Oktober: Nationalizing and democratizing states: Challenges and approaches
The years after the First World War were a time of state building in East Central Europe. States were restored or new ones founded from scratch. It was also a time when nation building reached a new level. National ideas that had been pursued by national elites and movements in 19th century became formative for the new states. However, they faced a number of obstacles. One was the ethnic heterogeneity in East Central Europe. Creating national we-groups always meant to likewise draw lines to groups defined as ethnically different. The challenge of national minorities became one of the central issues of the interwar years.