Globality and Social (Dis-)Integration in Contemporary History

At the same time as populist movements gained momentum in Germany and Europe, historical research went through a controversy revolving around the extent to which the focus on globalization and global connections, which has characterized international contemporary history and global history since the 2000s, overlooked or downplayed the importance of nationalism and an insistence on regionality. This field of research intervenes in this discussion. Our projects deal with the transnational history of political movements and ideological confrontations in Europe. Leaving normative definitions aside, we examine which notions of democracy, liberalism and constitutionalism have guided political and social action, what role the authoritarian legacy of the German and Eastern European states has played in this context, and to what extent populism and (il-)liberal movements are also the result of transnational solidarity.

Forschung

Projekte

Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Sophie Lange, Ned Richardson-Little

Joint project
with partners in Prague, Warsaw, Jena and Budapest and two part-projects in Potsdam
funded by the VW Foundation

With the support of a “Challenges for Europe” grant from the VolkswagenStiftung, we trace the normalization of ‘illiberal democracy’ as everyday politics in Europe.

The „Democracy Paradox“. The Peaceful Revolution revisited

Sophie Lange

Post-doc project

The focus of the project analyzes historical roots of present day anti-liberal and illiberal ideas in the (East) German society.

The Rights of the Volk: Human Rights, the Basic Law and the Far-Right since Reunification

Ned Richardson-Little

Associated research project

The project is part of the joint project „Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives“ with partners in Prague, Warsaw, Jena and Budapest, funded by the VW Foundation.

Globality and Social (Dis-)Integration in Contemporary History

At the same time as populist movements gained momentum in Germany and Europe, historical research went through a controversy revolving around the extent to which the focus on globalization and global connections, which has characterized international contemporary history and global history since the 2000s, overlooked or downplayed the importance of nationalism and an insistence on regionality. This field of research intervenes in this discussion. Our projects deal with the transnational history of political movements and ideological confrontations in Europe. Leaving normative definitions aside, we examine which notions of democracy, liberalism and constitutionalism have guided political and social action, what role the authoritarian legacy of the German and Eastern European states has played in this context, and to what extent populism and (il-)liberal movements are also the result of transnational solidarity.

Forschung

Projekte

Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Sophie Lange, Ned Richardson-Little

Joint project
with partners in Prague, Warsaw, Jena and Budapest and two part-projects in Potsdam
funded by the VW Foundation

With the support of a “Challenges for Europe” grant from the VolkswagenStiftung, we trace the normalization of ‘illiberal democracy’ as everyday politics in Europe.

The „Democracy Paradox“. The Peaceful Revolution revisited

Sophie Lange

Post-doc project

The focus of the project analyzes historical roots of present day anti-liberal and illiberal ideas in the (East) German society.

The Rights of the Volk: Human Rights, the Basic Law and the Far-Right since Reunification

Ned Richardson-Little

Associated research project

The project is part of the joint project „Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives“ with partners in Prague, Warsaw, Jena and Budapest, funded by the VW Foundation.