The Protection of Minorities in Europe

Archive Report

The question of the adequate protection of racial, religious and linguistic minorities in Europe has been a vexed one for more than a century. This was the inevitable result of the redrawing of the map of Europe during the nineteenth century. In the creation of the Kingdom of Italy and the German Empire it was possible to establish boundaries almost entirely satisfactory from the racial point of view. In the creation of the smaller states in the Balkans this was not possible owing to the complicated mixture of peoples in that territory. The peace treaties of 1919 again created new states and changed the boundries of old ones. This brought about a whole new crop of minorities, of which one of the most conspicuous ...

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