The Great War and its Aftermath.
The Alternatives to the Liberal Civilization Breakdown

7 and 8 May 2014
Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The historical transcendence of the Great War is beyond doubt. Because of its complex combination of military, social, cultural and political aspects, it has been unanimously considered as a sort of gigantic historical breaking line, a no turning point for the European and worldwide history. In spite of the elements that provided continuity and bridged the pre and the post war situation, it is difficult to imagine the twentieth century history without taking into account the break with the past that the war meant.In spite of this transcendence, the study of the Great War has not deserved close attention among the Spanish historians, probably because of the neutral position that Spain held in the battle. However, now that we commemorate the centennial outbreak of the War, the internationalization of our historiography forces us to consider the questions that are being posed beyond our borders.
It is for this reason that GERD (Republic and Democracy Studies Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) promotes the celebration of the International Conference The Great War and its aftermaths. The alternatives to the breakdown of the liberal civilization. The aim of this conference is to offer an occasion to share views and to raise discussion on the most recent approaches to the war conflict that signalled the birth of our times. We consider it necessary to focus on the analysis of the enormous changes that this conflict caused all over the world and in Europe in particular. Among other issues, the conference will tackle the liberal world crisis that the end of the Great War triggered, with the birth of the different alternatives (democracy, fascism, socialism, communism) that would be dominant in the following two decades of the European history. 


  • «Grup d'Estudis República i Democràcia» (GERD) [Republic and Democracy Studies Group] Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Research Project «The alternatives to the liberal breakdown in Europe: Socialism, Democracy, Fascism and Populism (1914-1991)», references HAR2011-2574, Spanish «Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación».


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