In 1992, Francis Fukuyama famously claimed that end of the Cold War and demise of Communism meant the end of ideological dispute. Liberal democracy had triumphed, and history as we knew it had come to an end. A quarter of a century later, liberal democracy is in crisis around the world. In The Return of History SPS Professor of International Relations Jennifer Welsh explains how the unthinkable happened.
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.
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 […]
The Gulf is one of the most diverse and complex regions for global policymakers. Sensitive to the increasing importance of the Gulf region for the European Union in particular, Jean Monnet Fellow Luigi Narbone and Martin Lestra, a PhD researcher at the EUI, are the co-editors of an eBook exploring the major themes colouring debates on the Gulf for policymakers and academics.
When states dissolve and national borders are re-sketched, what happens to the inhabitants caught within? To those who are in the nation, but not of the nation? This is an over-arching theme in Jelena Džankić’s book Citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. Džankić is a Fellow at the EUI’s European University Democracy Observatory […]
Revolutionary times make revolutionary people, we might assume, and especially in the fraught terrain of the Israel-Palestine conflict. But as Luigi Achilli contends in his recently published book Palestinian Refugees and Identity: Nationalism, Politics and the Everyday (London, I.B. Tauris, 2015) examining political (dis)engagement among Palestinian refugees living in camps such as al-Wihdat in Jordan, actually sometimes the […]
In 2007 a German church in the village of Heuersdorf was wrapped in steel corsets, torn from the earth before being taxied 12 kilometres down the road. Today, Heuersdorf no longer exists. Anyone attempting to visit with an outdated map will find themselves standing on the edge of a huge coalmine and over 7 miles away from the church.
In December of 2013 Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian foreign affairs committee, warned Ukrainian protesters about an expansion of “gay culture”, which he then described as “the official policy of the EU.” It is with this ominous quote that Phillip M Ayoub and David Paternotte start their new book, LGBT activism and the making of Europe: a rainbow Europe.