War veterans as transnational actors: politics, alliances and networks in the interwar period
EUROPEAN REVIEW OF HISTORY-REVUE EUROPEENNE D HISTOIRE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018
Historians have often considered the international veterans’ organizations which came into being after World War I as proof of the pacifist, internationalist orientation of the majority of the Great War ex-combatants. However, veterans active in these organizations were often inspired by specifically national and partisan objectives that belie any simplistic equation between altruistic transnational activism, international cooperation and pacifism. Conceiving of war veterans as transnational actors, this article explores the origins and decline of the veterans’ transnational sphere in the interwar period. It singles out four shades of competing veterans’ internationalism and describes the cr..View full abstract
This article was written during my visiting fellowship at the Leibniz-Institute for European History (Mainz, Germany) in 2016. I am thankful to this institution for its support and facilities.