Sam Hirst is currently working on a book manuscript about statist development in the Soviet Union and Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s. The Lausanne Conference plays an important role in that story because it was a key moment of transition – during and after the Lausanne Conference, Bolshevik and Kemalist elites reconfigured a partnership that had been formed against Allied intervention. Lausanne highlighted differences in the Bolsheviks’ and the Kemalists’ approaches to the tension between state sovereignty and international economic exchange, and it marked a shift from wartime anti-imperialist cooperation to a search for a post-imperial mode of international relations. Sam has published articles that allude to the transformation that happened at Lausanne in Diplomatic History and in Slavic Review.

Find out more about Sam’s research here.