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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.

Die Darstellungen von Geschichte in Video Games beeinflussen unsere Perspektive auf Geschichte und werden doch noch zu wenig als Kulturgut ernst genommen. Welche Chance bieten Videogames für eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Geschichte? Der Historiker Nico Nolden gibt Einblicke in die spannende Welt der Geschichte und Erinnerung in digitalen Spielen.

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People demonstrated en masse against the dictatorial regime in Belarus in the summer of 2020. The government reacted brutally. Iryna Kashtalian, Belarusian historian, compiles experiences of protesters in her interview archive to secure insights into the motivation and hopes of civil society in Belarus.

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In the second episode of the podcast series “The Empire Strikes Back” Ulrike von Hirschhausen discusses the impacts of imperial pasts on the present and today’s global conflicts. Do Empires still exist today, or is it all about nationalism and maintaining power? What kind of role do imperial claims of the Soviet Union still play today? And how is late 19th Century European Colonialism in China intertwined with Chinese economic and power ambitions today?

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The consequences of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War three decades ago continue to have an impact today. Together with visual artist Katharina Roters, we ask what impulses art can actually provide for a fruitful reflexion of difficult pasts. Katharina Roters provides insights into the cultures of remembrance of Germany, Hungary and Armenia along some of her artistic projects.

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In the current episode of the History & Politics Podcast, sinologist Klaus Mühlhahn talks about China's internal and external tensions and the country's role in the emergence of global capitalism. Of what significance are foreign domination and humiliations in the past for China today? What is the Chinese word for "national shame," and what might this have to do with the new Silk Road? How can the delicate balance between openness and isolation that still characterizes China today be historically located? This episode is the first part of the new podcast series "The Empire Strikes Back." In each episode, we look at the aftermath and side effects of imperial pasts.

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Almost unnoticed, fifty years have passed since German Chancellor Willy Brandt’s visit to Warsaw, and thirty years since the German-Polish Treaty of Good Neighbourhood was signed - both important milestones of a reconciliation process that enabled Germany and Poland to play stronger roles within Europe. Historian Krzysztof Ruchniewicz explains how dialogue can strengthen the relationship between both neighbours: From overcoming current political irritations to joint projects for the future such as the planned Polish Monument in Berlin.

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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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