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Crash and Crisis in Contemporary Europe: Lessons from history


3 September 2012

The great depression in Europe led to the rise of fascism. Will history repeat itself in modern times?
The great depression in Europe led to the rise of fascism. Will history repeat itself in modern times?

As Europe seems unable to extract itself from financial crisis, historians and politicians have pondered comparisons between Europe's great depression and the rise of fascism, and events taking place 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?

The next Sydney Ideas event, on Tuesday 4 September, is a Why History Matters forum that brings together historians who are experts on international economic history, democracy and the rise of political extremism in Europe. They will discuss the lessons that history can teach us in dealing with the European crisis, as a global crisis, now.

The forum will be hosted by Stephen Crittenden, arts, culture and religion correspondent for The Global Mail, and panellists include:

Professor Patricia Clavin, Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and Research Director of the Modern European History Research Centre (MEHRC) in Oxford. Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 is her next major publication.

Professor Patrizia Dogliani, 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 Duranti from the University of Sydney's Department of History 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 Sluga, Professor of International History in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. Her forthcoming book, Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism, will be published in early 2013.

This Sydney Ideas talk is an International Society Research Cluster event, co-presented with the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Event details

What: Crash and Crisis in Contemporary Europe: Lessons from history

When: 6pm, Tuesday 4 September

Where: Assembly Hall, Ground Floor, St James Campus, 173-175 Phillip St, Sydney. See map and directions

Cost: Free

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