WP 6: The idea’s instrumentalisation by the far-right environment of the Sudeten German Party in the 1930s

The sixth work package investigates far-right adaptations of non-territorial autonomy during the interwar period, closely focusing on the ethno-federalist model developed by the Sudeten German Party. It explores how German minority activists in Czechoslovakia, who were familiar with the pre-war Moravian Compromise, the Austro-Marxists’ writings, as well as with the recommendations of the Congress of European Nationalities, transformed the concept of non-territorial autonomy into a tool for the politics of the far right. The principal aim is to show how and why an originally liberal idea was well capable of being adapted to the language and needs of illiberal or even racist ideologies.


Oskar Mulej

Oskar Mulej studied history and philosophy at the University of Ljubljana. In 2018 he earned a doctoral degree in Comparative History of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the Central European University in Budapest. His research focuses on the developments and transformations of the idea of non-territorial autonomy in the Bohemian lands and the Adriatic provinces of the (former) Cisleithania.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no 758015