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Dominique Reill (Miami) presents her book The Fiume Crisis: Life in the Wake of the Habsburg Empire (Princeton UP)

  • Chair: Alex Drace-Francis (Amsterdam)
  • Discussants: Irina Marin (Utrecht), Matthew Kerry (Stirling)

Recasting the birth of fascism, nationalism, and the fall of empire after World War I, Dominique Kirchner Reill recounts how the people of Fiume tried to recreate empire in the guise of the nation. The Fiume Crisis recasts what we know about the birth of fascism, the rise of nationalism, and the fall of empire after World War I by telling the story of the three-year period when the Adriatic city of Fiume (today Rijeka, in Croatia) generated an international crisis. Against the too-smooth narrative of postwar nationalism, The Fiume Crisis demonstrates the endurance of the imperial imagination and carves out an essential place for history from below.

Dominique Kirchner Reill is Associate Professor in Modern European History at the University of Miami and author of the award-winning Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice.


All welcome- this seminar is free to attend but advance registration is required.