Everyone knows that democracy is in trouble, but do we know what democracy actually is?
Jan-Werner Müller is Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton University. He has been a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and has held many visiting professorships. His public affairs commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.
Contrary to the conventional historical view of economics as an entirely secular product of the Enlightenment, Ben Friedman (Harvard) demonstrates that religion exerted a powerful influence from the outset. Come hear him discuss his new book on this much-misunderstood subject.
Alan Macfarlane, one of our leading theorists of modernization, compares the two powers, America and China, through the eyes of Tocqueville. Co-sponsored by the Dickey Center.
In his classic work Democracy in America, the French observer Alexei de Tocqueville offered a prophetic comparison between Russia and the United States. In this talk, the historian and anthropologist Alan Macfarlane, one of the world's most influential theorists of modernization over the past fifty years, updates the comparison based on his travel to and study of China.
The Samuel Johnson Prize winner discusses China today in light of its Maoist past. Tuesday May 11 at 8 pm.
Dikötter (University of Hong Kong) has published a dozen books that have changed the ways historians view modern China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to China before Mao: The Age of Openness (2007). He is also the author of the acclaimed "People's Trilogy" on the history of China under Mao (1949-76).
In this talk, he will discuss what can be learned about today's China by studying its Maoist past.
Historian and political theorist Or Rosenboim discusses her prize-winning book on visions of world order emerging out of World War II.
Rosenboim won the Guicciardini Prize for best book on historical international relations for The Emergence of Globalism, which describes how a transnational network of globalist thinkers emerged from the traumas of war and expatriation in the 1940s, and how how the globalist debate they embarked on sought to balance the tensions between a growing recognition of pluralism on the one hand and an appreciation of the unity of humankind on the other.