Mittwoch, 15. Mai 2013, 18:15 - 20:00 iCal

5. Gerald-Stourzh-Vorlesung zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte und der Demokratie

James T. Kloppenberg (Harvard University)

American Democracy in European Perspective: Transatlantic Impacts in the History of U.S. Political Culture

Hörsaal 41 im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien, Stiege VIII, 1. Stock
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


Abstract: How and why did the idea and the practice of popular sovereignty develop in the United States when democracy was rejected almost everywhere in Europe until the 20th century? James T. Kloppenberg will explore this question, drawing on his forthcoming book "Tragic Irony: Democracy in Early European and American Thought". Kloppenberg places early experiments in self-government in England’s North American colonies in the context of the sixteenth-century European wars of religion and the English Civil War, then locates the American Revolution, the US Constitution, and the nineteenth-century expansion of democracy in America in relation to the French Revolution and its aftermath. Finally, he reflects on the long-term consequences of the United States Civil War, which continues to shape American political culture one-hundred-fifty years later.

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Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät


Birgitta Bader-Zaar
Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien