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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften | Forschung und Projekte | Drittmittelprojekte | The London Moment. Transnational Collaboration of Governments-in-exile during the Second World War and its impact in European History

The London Moment. Transnational Collaboration of Governments-in-exile during the Second World War and its impact in European History

geleitet von Dr. Julia Eichenberg

 

The radical expansion of the Nazi Empire made London the capital of Allied Europe. France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and others were represented by exile governments, led by central figures of the 20th Century such as Charles de Gaulle, Edvard Beneš, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Władysław Sikorski. Their goal was to maintain national interests and to participate in the planning of post-war Europe. The following years saw close cooperation between the different governments-in-exile and between them and British authorities – the ‘London Moment’. They claimed statehood and sovereignty in exile and found new political and legal ways to achieve them. They worked together on a new post-war order, reflected on legal options against war criminals and eventually helped prepare the Nuremberg Trials. Political collaboration in London merged traditional diplomacy with informal transnational networking and thus changed constitutional and international law as well as the understanding of statehood and governance in Europe. The study of the London Moment shows the origin of a constructive legacy of European cooperation under the most difficult circumstances.

 

Laufzeit: 09/2014 bis 08/2019
Fördermittelgeber: Volkswagen-Stiftung (VW)