Fault Lines of Modernity: Global Effects of Regional Events at the End of the 1970s

04.02.2015, Vortrag, DHI London

In 1979 many global events contested the basic beliefs of modernity: religious mass movements challenged authoritarian regimes (as in Iran, Poland, and Nicaragua); nuclear accidents or political decisions led to mass protests and fears (as after Harrisburg, Nato Double-Track, Soviets in Afghanistan); spectacular changes of government led to new economic models (as in China and Britain); and the perception of history changed after the TV event ‘Holocaust’. Such events had a regional background and were apparently contingent and disconnected. However, they immediately had a global impact and interacted as fault lines of modernity. The lecture analyses their transnational impact from a German perspective and suggests a different approach to writing global contemporary history. 

The event is organized in co-operation with the Faculty of History of the University of Oxford. It will start at 5.30 pm.

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