Claus Leggewie

Professor für Politikwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
VF 1995, 2006, Gast 2002

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Equally Criminal? Totalitarian Experience and European Memory

Instead of dwelling upon the catastrophes of the twentieth century, many Europeans ask if we should not thoughtfully "forget" them. However, the endurance of historical memory in the united Europe is demonstrated by contemporary political differences between European member states, which can be dealt with only if a European memory is developed. The difficulty here lies in paying due respect to the memory of the crimes both of National Socialism and of Soviet totalitarianism while avoiding a hierarchy of competing victim groups.
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Können Demokratien den Klimawandel bewältigen?

Wie umweltfreundlich ist Demokratie, und wie demokratiefreundlich ist der Klimawandel? Beide Fragen scheinen sich auf den ersten Blick von selbst zu beantworten – natürlich lösen liberal-demokratische Systeme Umweltprobleme besser und sind krisenresistenter als Diktaturen, selbstverständlich werden sich westliche Demokratien bei der Abwendung der Klimakatastrophe und der Anpassung an schleichende und dramatische Klimafolgen besser bewähren. Erlebt …
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Transnational Movements and the Question of Democracy

Shared Memory. Buchenwald and Beyond.

I. Introduction One could say that Germans have “difficulties” with their past. Posthumous generations have started to accept collective responsibility for the moral, political, and financial consequences of the “Third Reich”. Therefore, younger age groups still see National Socialism (and not the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989) as the central historical event. German …
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