When Democracy Died – The Treaty of Lausanne and the Birth of Turkey 1923

Donnerstag, 30. November 2023, 19:00 – 20:30, Documentation Centre for Displacement, Explusion, Reconciliation

When Democracy Died

The Treaty of Lausanne and the Birth of Turkey 1923.

Book presentation and discussion

The Treaty of Lausanne, signed in July 1923, sealed the end of the Ottoman Empire and established peace between its successors, the government in Ankara and the Western powers. Still valid, it defined the borders of the Republic of Turkey. The treaty shaped the future of authoritarian systems in Turkey. The Armenian genocide was shelved, and talking about it became taboo. The treaty also had a global impact on the way ethnic-religious conflicts were dealt with. The population exchange stipulated in the treaty served as a global example of "conflict resolution" through the forced "segregation of peoples".

2023 marks the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne. We take this as an opportunity to present Hans-Lukas Kiesers' new study "The Treaty of Lausanne and the Birth of Turkey 1923".



Dr Gundula Bavendamm, Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation, Berlin

Book presentation

Prof. Dr Hans-Lukas Kieser, University of Zurich

Panel discussion

Prof. Dr Hans-Lukas Kieser, UZH
Dr Ellinor Morack, University of Bamberg
Prof. Dr Michael Schwartz, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin


Dr Roy Knocke, Lepsiushaus Potsdam

Afterwards we invite you to a small reception.

Free admission.

An event in cooperation with Lepsiushaus Potsdam and Chronos Verlag.

Livestream of the event via our YouTube channel Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung.