As Europe seems unable to extract itself from financial crisis, historians and politicians have pondered the comparison between the world of the great depression in Europe and the rise of fascism and the events that are taking shape now. Will history repeat itself as a new generation, frustrated with austerity, forgets the lessons of Europe’s traumatic history and turn to extremist solutions?
For our next Why History Matters forum we bring together a group of distinguished historians who are experts on international economic history, demoracy and the rise of political extremism in Europe. Their brief is to discuss the lessons that history can teach us in dealing with the European crisis, as a global crisis, now.
Hosted byStephen Crittenden, arts, culture and religion correspondent forThe Global Mail
Professor Patricia Clavin,Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and Research Director of the Modern European History Research Centre (MEHRC) in Oxford, and the editor of the Contemporary European History Journal. She is currently working on study of the League of Nation’s work in promoting economic and financial cooperation in the wake of the Great Depression .
Professor Patrizia Doglianiis a Professor of Contemporary and Modern European History at the University of Bologna. Her main areas of interest include the history of youth, youth political movements and European political ideologies such as socialism and fascism in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Dr Marco Durantifrom the Department of History at University of Sydney specialises in the history of European human rights law, and the relationship between history and memory. He is currently co-director of the Nation Empire Globe research cluster at the University of Sydney.
Professor Glenda Slugais Professor of International History in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, the history of European nationalisms, gender history, and is interested in the history of identity and difference.
Event details When: 4 September 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Assembly Hall, Ground Floor
St James Campus (Old Law School) 173-175 Phillip St, Sydney