Empire, synonymous with oppression and even despotism, has become a deeply pursued topic of comparative study in the past twenty years. The Habsburg Empire, which at different points from the 16th to 19th centuries covered territory sprawling across modern day Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, and large regions of today’s Poland, Romania, and Ukraine, has also received its share of attention. Adding a nuanced interpretation to the dynamics of this empire—and the nationalism that followed in its wake—is Pieter Judson’s new book, The Habsburg Empire: a New History. Judson is Professor and Head of the History and Civilization Department at the EUI.
Exploring the potency of the Easter Rising and its significance for Irish politics today is Dieter Reinisch and Jennifer Todd. Todd is a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI and a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. Reinisch is a second year researcher in the EUI’s History and Civilisation Department and a co-organiser of an upcoming international conference at the EUI on Irish History, Society & Culture: 100 Years after 1916 which brings together academics with veteran civil rights activists to discuss the Rising’s legacy.
In Europe, the influx of asylum seekers last year was initially accompanied by an outpouring of heartfelt public sympathy. Ordinary citizens offered up clothes, toiletries and even their spare rooms to asylum seekers. But in recent months, policymakers, reacting to their polities, have hardened their stance to favour the expulsion of refugees rather than open arms.
This year the State of the Union will address the theme of Women in Europe and the World. In a special podcast for International Women’s Day, Professor Brigid Laffan and PhD Law researcher Dieneke de Vos debate the challenges faced by women across the world today. They discuss gender disparities in boardrooms, continuing sexual violence […]
Gender, education and employment: An international comparison of school-to-work transitions. Hans Peter Blossfeld, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi and Sandra Buchholz (eds). (Edward Elgar, 2015) “Across all modern societies, women have caught up with men in terms of education” Jan Skopek, co-editor of a new edited volume on gender comparisons in the labour market and member […]
Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. Julia O’Connell Davidson & Neil Howard (eds). (Open Democracy, 2015) Trafficking, forced labour and slavery have emerged as major issues in today’s global milieu. It is near universally accepted by governments, NGOs and civil society that they have no place in societies which profess to be advanced and democratic. But how […]
Few octogenarian women have inspired such zeal in so many younger women. But fewer still have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career are testament to the massive social transformations experienced by women in America and Europe in the latter half of the 20th century. Read the interview here.
Is the world safer for women now than one hundred years ago? From trench warfare to the advent of drones, the last century has seen enormous shifts in the nature of armed conflict. With this in mind, Jennifer Welsh is ambivalent about how much safer women are today than their foremothers. Welsh is Professor of International Relations at the European University Institute (EUI).