From Empires and Kings to Hitler and Co.: Democracy and Dictatorship in Central and Eastern Europe

February 17th, 2024 · 43 mins 41 secs

About this Episode

On this episode, renowned historian John Connelly from the University of California, Berkeley, talks with us about the growth of fascism from democracy, the roots and justification narratives of anti-semitism in Germany and elsewhere, and the development of nationalism in modern history across Europe. Thanks for listening!

John Connelly is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History and Director of the Institute for East European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his BSFS from Georgetown University, an MA (in Russian and East European Studies) from the University of Michigan, and a Phd from Harvard University. His scholarship focuses on the history of East and Central Europe, with special concern for problems of religious and ethnic identity in multinational space. He has published Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech and Polish Higher Education (Chapel Hill, 2000),From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews (Harvard UP, 2012), and From Peoples Into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe (Princeton, 2020), and is at work on a history of democracy in Europe, 1076-present..

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on December 1, 2023 at the 2023 ASEEES Convention at the Philadelphia marriott Downtown.

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