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Europe since 1989: A History

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  • Tue 04 Oct 2016 18.00 - 20.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-10-04 18:00 2016-10-04 20:00 Europe/Paris Europe since 1989: A History

Philipp Ther—a firsthand witness to many of the transformations, from Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution to postcommunist Poland and Ukraine—offers a sweeping narrative filled with vivid details and memorable stories. He describes how liberalization, deregulation, and privatization had catastrophic effects on former Soviet Bloc countries. He refutes the idea that this economic “shock therapy” was the basis of later growth, arguing that human capital and the “transformation from below” determined economic success or failure. Most important, he shows how the capitalist West’s effort to reshape Eastern Europe in its own likeness ended up reshaping Western Europe as well, in part by accelerating the pace and scope of neoliberal reforms in the West, particularly in reunified Germany. Finally, bringing the story up to the present, Ther compares events in Eastern and Southern Europe leading up to and following the 2008–9 global financial crisis.


Philipp Ther is professor of Central European history at the University of Vienna. From 2007 to 2010 he was professor of Comparative and Transnational History at the EUI. His books include The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe and Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe.

Commentators: Vera Scepanovic (EUI, Max Weber Fellow), Federico Romero (EUI), Pavel Kolár (EUI)

Chair: Dorothee Bohle (SPS)

Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati

Philipp Ther—a firsthand witness to many of the transformations, from Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution to postcommunist Poland and Ukraine—offers a sweeping narrative filled with vivid details and memorable stories. He describes how liberalization, deregulation, and privatization had catastrophic effects on former Soviet Bloc countries. He refutes the idea that this economic “shock therapy” was the basis of later growth, arguing that human capital and the “transformation from below” determined economic success or failure. Most important, he shows how the capitalist West’s effort to reshape Eastern Europe in its own likeness ended up reshaping Western Europe as well, in part by accelerating the pace and scope of neoliberal reforms in the West, particularly in reunified Germany. Finally, bringing the story up to the present, Ther compares events in Eastern and Southern Europe leading up to and following the 2008–9 global financial crisis.


Philipp Ther is professor of Central European history at the University of Vienna. From 2007 to 2010 he was professor of Comparative and Transnational History at the EUI. His books include The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe and Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe.

Commentators: Vera Scepanovic (EUI, Max Weber Fellow), Federico Romero (EUI), Pavel Kolár (EUI)

Chair: Dorothee Bohle (SPS)


Location:
Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
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Discussant:
Prof. Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)
Pavel Kolar (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Vera Scepanovic (EUI - Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme)

Organiser:
Pavel Kolar (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Pieter Judson (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Speaker:
Prof. Philipp Ther (University of Vienna)
 
 

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