History Teaching

The “European Dimension in History Teaching” (2002-2006)

Key year 1919

The year 1919 was chosen as the year of

  • the collapse of the Habsburg and German empires
  • the re-drawing of the map of Europe at the Paris Peace Conference
  • the influence of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points
  • the growing demands for self-determination by even the smallest nations
  • the growing involvement of the USA in European politics and trade
  • and the seeds sown for World War Two

Sèvres Conference, 2005

The fifth and final conference for the project the European Dimension in History Teaching, on “The Events and Developments of 1919” was held at the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) in Sèvres, France on 1-3 December, 2005.

The conference was jointly organised by the Council of Europe, the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Presentations were made not only on the impact on different countries and regions of Europe of the Great War and the subsequent peace treaties but also on how the social, economic and political consequences shaped developments in Europe throughout the 20th century.