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History & Politics: our podcasts

History & Politics, the audio podcast of the Körber Foundation, offers insights into the connections between the past and the present. Episodes are offered in German.

Author and political scientist Jens Siegert discusses the lasting shadows of the past in German-Russian relations and whether Russia is historically destined to be a great power.

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In Belarus, citizens have been demonstrating for democratic reforms since August 2020. The government and authorities are taking massive action against the protests and the rest of Europe remains predominantly in the role of spectator. Belarusian philosopher Olga Shparaga talks about the aims of the protest movement, the role of national symbols and Belarusian history for the democracy movement and what support the people of Belarus need from their European neighbours.

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Historian Stephan Malinowski on the role of the German nobility in establishing Nazi rule, the myths surrounding the resistance of 20 July 1944 and the current debate sparked by the restitution claims of the House of Hohenzollern.

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Historian Miriam Rürup on Jewish life in Germany after 1945 and how difficult new beginnings have made way to the increasingly vibrant Jewish life of today, in spite of an unfading past.

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Historian Jörn Leonhard discusses 150 years of Franco-German relations, from the legacy of enmity that followed the proclamation of the German Kaiser at Versailles in 1871 to the "Franco-German engine" that powers the European Union of today.

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Joachim Telgenbüscher on the opportunities and challenges of history education in the digital sphere.

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Tatjana Tönsmeyer on Nazi occupation policy in Europe during the Second World War and how commemoration forms a bridge for common European remembrance or promotes competition among victims.

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Natasha A. Kelly on racism and the history of Black people in Germany.

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Sandra Günter on the relationship between sports and society throughout history.

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Stefanie Middendorf on the origins of public debt – historically as well as contemporary.

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Helene von Bismarck on the impact that different interpretations of the past and historical role models had and continue to have on Brexit and EU-UK relations.

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Aleida Assman, renowned art historian, talks about Europe in crisis mode in the most recent History & Politics Podcast episode. Looking at the history of the EU, she analyses the origins of European cohesion and solidarity as well as current dividing lines. She also explains why we urgently need a new definition for the term “nation”.

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Birte Förster on gender roles and gender justice in historical times of crisis and whether the Corona crisis has led to a regression in how domestic care work is shared

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Till van Rahden on the past and present of living democracy in Germany and on the Corona pandemic as a challenge for society

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Elke Gryglewski on current challenges of dealing with the history of National Socialism

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Frank Uekötter on drawing lessons from past pandemics and what society and politics can do to deal with abstract challenges

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Mary Elise Sarotte on the enlargement of NATO, discord between Russia and the West and the future of transatlantic relations

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Werner Plumpe on the economic crises of 1929 and 2008 and the future prospects of capitalism

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Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk on the lengthy process of German Reunification

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Claudia Weber on the Hitler-Stalin Pact and the outbreak of World War Two

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Jason Stanley on facism now and then

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Philip Murphy on colonial legacies of the British Empire and Brexit

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Hedwig Richter on democratic movements and elections

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David Ranan on current criticism of Israel and historic antisemitism

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Eckart Conze on Europe’s security and alliance policy in the 20th century

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