The End of the State?

Monday, 10 June 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, IWM library

Judt_24139_MR.inddThe nation-state faces more challenges than it has defenders. Wealthy citizens live their financial lives abroad, preventing the state from aiding others. The European Union has been halted in midcourse, with mixed sovereignty providing an excuse for nationalist demagogy among its members. In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, those who claim to defend the traditional state are often defending little more than the clique that happens to control it. In the United States, not only the Tea Party regards the state as a problem rather than a means of solving problems.

The ideological wars of the twentieth century were all about the future of the state. Now that these conflicts of ideas are in the past, can the state survive without ideas? Can the state be a functional reality without an animating mission?

Book presentation and discussion with:

Timothy Snyder
Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and IWM Permanent Fellow

Ivan Krastev
Chair of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and IWM Permanent Fellow

Chair: Marci Shore
Associate Professor of History at Yale University and IWM Visiting Fellow

In cooperation with the Bruno Kreisky Forum, Hanser Verlag and Eurozine
Please register via mail or phone +43-1-313-58-0


Tony Judt, who died in 2010, was Non-Resident Permanent Fellow at the IWM. The foto was taken in 2006 when he gave a lecture at the annual Fellows’ Meeting entitled “Through A Glass Darkly? Europe in the American Mirror”.

Tony Judt und Timothy Snyder: Nachdenken über das 20. Jahrhundert,
München: Hanser, 2013

Tony Judt and Timothy Snyder: Thinking the Twentieth Century. Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century, London: Penguin Press, 2012