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“Traitors and the Meaning of Treason in the Habsburg Empire’s Great War” Event

Great War: Unknown War
5 February 2015
Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Storey at .

Event details

This lecture series, “Unknown War”, is designed to show-case original research at the University of Southampton from across the Faculty of Humanities.

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Anne Curry.

Treason is a ubiquitous historical concept, currently very topical yet very under-researched. This lecture in the ‘Unknown War’ series explores the “landscape of treason” in the Habsburg Empire during the First World War. It places it in a broader historical context, theoretically and legally, then explores why the blunt weapon of treason was wielded so severely by the Austro-Hungarian authorities. What can we learn – the meaning of treason – from the notorious large-scale trials that were staged of Czech and Serb traitors? By 1918 most of these traitors had been amnestied, and chaos increased as they turned the accusation of treason upon the Habsburg Empire itself.

This is a free lecture, to attend please book a place via the Online Store. Closing date for bookings is Monday 2 February 2015.

Speaker information

Professor Mark Cornwall,Professor of Modern European History

Professor Anne Curry,Dean of Humanities and Professor of Medieval History

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