Fascism and Democracy Today: What Use is the Study of History in the Current Crisis?

18 March 2014, 17:00 - 18:30

Room GR06/07, Faculty of English

Mark Mazower, Ira B. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University, will give a public lecture as part of the CRASSH Mellon CDI Visiting Fellowship Programme.

The event is free to attend and no registration is required.

Mark Mazower is Ira B. Wallach professor of history at Columbia University. Trained in classics, philosophy and history at Oxford, and in international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, he is the author of several books on the history of Greece, modern Europe and international affairs. These include: Inside Hitler's Greece: the Experience of Occupation, 1941-44 (Yale, 1993), Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (Penguin, 1998), Salonica: City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 (HarperCollins, 2004), Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe (Penguin, 2008) and most recently Governing the World: the History of an Idea (Penguin, 2012). He comments regularly on international affairs for the Financial Times and the Guardian, and reviews for the TLS, the New York Times, the LRB and other journals.

 

This lecture explores how historians have understood the phenomenon of fascism and asks what use, if any, the resulting insights are in helping us understand the nature of the current political and economic crisis in Europe. It focuses on the connections and differences between fascism then and now, asks what function historical memory plays in shaping political trends and  analyses the usefulness of the concept of a crisis of democracy in making sense of trends in the European Union.