Lecture: Europe’s Quest for Peace

Dr. Stella Ghervas, Assistant Professor of History, will give the keynote lecture for the UAB Graduate History Conference on Friday, April 8, at 6:00 PM, in Heritage Hall Room 102.
Dr. Stella Ghervas, Assistant Professor of History, will give the keynote lecture for the UAB Graduate History Conference on Friday, April 8, at 6:00 PM, in Heritage Hall Room 102.

The lecture is free and open to the public; food will be provided by the UAB History Department. Dr. Ghervas is the author of Réinventer la tradition. Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance (Reinventing tradition: Alexander Stourdza and Europe of the Holy Alliance).

Today, the European Union seems to totter on the brink of self-destruction. Yet much distance has been covered since the birth of the early European Communities in the 1950s, to the enlargements of 2004 and 2007. Indeed, no political entity like the European Union has ever survived on such a large scale in Europe and for so long, since the Roman Empire of Antiquity. In fact, the idea is not new: it is possible to trace a genealogy of attempts at pacification of the European continent even before the Congress of Vienna (1815), attempts that continued undeterred with the League of Nations after the devastations of WWI, and again after World War II and the Cold War.

Spanning three centuries, this lecture will examine why, in the face of all odds and failures, political leaders in Europe keep trying to achieve a peaceful unification of the continent.

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