Twilight of Empire: The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917–1918

By Borislav Chernev

© 2017

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.

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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.

Twilight of Empire: The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917–1918

By Borislav Chernev

© 2017

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.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "For decades, historians have looked at the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk mostly as a symbol of harsh terms imposed on the Bolshevik government by the ruthless German militarized regime. Chernev successfully demonstrates that the alliance of the Central Powers was much less German-dominated than has previously been believed…Chernev has demonstrated convincingly that the Brest-Litovsk moment should be seen as an important stage in the history of decolonization."


    Gwendal Piégais
    Ab Imperio, no. 2, 2018

    "Borislav Chernev’s Twilight of Empire is a solid addition to…World War 1 historiography, bringing an impressive variety of language, archives, and sources to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk…There is very little to improve on in Twilight of Empire…This is a fantastic discussion of the conference incorporating perspectives from all the major players. Highly recommended."


    John Fahey
    Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Volume 7, #1, Jan. 2018

    ‘This book offers a new way of thinking about the relationships that exist between and among nations and non-historic groups throughout the region, and most importantly provides direction for future research on the topic…. Twilight of Empire should be read by all parties interested in this critical moment in the history of Eastern Europe.’


    John W. Steinberg
    The Russian Review vol 77:02:2018

    ‘This book is of high scholarly value and an important contribution to the history of international relations and revolutionary upheavals in East Central Europe at the end of First World War.


    Johannes Remy
    Slavonic and East European Review vol 96:02:2018

    ‘Essential. All levels/Libraries.’


    G.P. Cox
    Choice Magazine vol 55:07:2018

    "Twilight of Empire is a serious contribution to scholarship on World War I. Borislav Chernev skilfully maps the transition from imperial to post-imperial politics in East Central Europe."


    Maciej Górny, Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau
  • Author Information

    Borislav Chernev is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Exeter.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Note on Transliteration and Place Names

    Glossary

    Introduction: A Forgotten Peace

    Chapter 1: Ostpolitik Meets World Revolution

    Chapter 2: Peacemaking and Self-Determination at Brest-Litovsk

    Chapter 3: The Great January Strike as a Prelude to Revolution in Austria

    Chapter 4: The Brest-Litovsk System and Modern Ukrainian Statehood

    Chapter 5: Brest-Litovsk and the Elusive Bulgarian "Dream of Byzantium"

    Chapter 6: The Second Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and After

    Conclusion: Brest-Litovsk and Europe’s Twentieth Century

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index