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Redrawing the Boundaries of Citizenship in the First World War

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The talk focuses on the impact of the First World War on the notion and practice of citizenship in Europe and on the relationship between the belligerent states and the people living within their territories (both citizens and aliens). In particular, it concentrates on the ways in which, when faced with real or supposed security threats, governments of European belligerent countries not only mobilized populations along the members/non-members divide, but also redrew the boundaries between members and non-members and redefined the path to membership/nationality. The talk explores the way in which states at war used naturalization and denaturalization to redefine membership and redraw the boundaries of belonging; addresses the implementation of the policies and the individual reactions to them, trying to draw up a typology of survival strategies and some tentative conclusions concerning the impact of the war on citizenship and on the consequences of the changes that occurred during the war and in its aftermath.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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