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The Europe(s) that emerged in 1945

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The House of European History presents a new edition of its Debating History series on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Scholars from across Europe will discuss the changes and challenges that followed 1945, and the significance of that year in Europe’s 20th century history and today.

What did Europe look like in 1945? What new visions and divisions reconfigured the political and intellectual landscape in the aftermath of the Second World War?  What were the fears and hopes of societies across the continent after the hardships they went through? How are the answers to those questions reflected in contemporary remembrance of 1945?

The discussion will examine through multiple perspectives the diverse and sometimes diverging experiences of Europeans, the profound transformations that affected the continent and world after 1945, and reflect on their impact and resonance today.

The debate can be watched live on the House of European History YouTube channel.



Włodzimierz Borodziej, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Warsaw - He is Professor for Contemporary History at Warsaw University, was the Chair of the House of European History Academic Committee between 2009-2019. He published recently (with Maciej Górny as co-author): Der vergessene Weltkrieg, Band I – Imperien 1912-1916. Band II – Nationen 1917-1923. Darmstadt 2018, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (The forgotten World War, Volume 1 – Empires 1912-1916; Volume 2 – Nations 1917-1923)



Pieter Lagrou, Professor of Contemporary European History, Université Libre de Bruxelles - He teaches contemporay history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has published on the legacy of the second World War, war crime trials and the challenges of European history. He is currently working on a book on popular sovereignty.

Olga Malinova, Professor of Political Science, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow - She is Professor of the School of Politics and Governance at National Research University Higher School of Economics, and chief research fellow of the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences. The fields of her research interests are politics of memory and symbolic politics.

Božo Repe, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Ljubljana - He is a Full Professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. Between 1999 and 2000, he was Head of the Department of History. Since 2009, he has been the project manager of the group Slovene History. His research area includes contemporary Slovene, Southern Slavic and Central European history. He also deals with the issues of history lessons in schools.

Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Professor of Modern European History, University of Wuppertal - She is Professor of Modern European History at Wuppertal University/Germany since 2011. Her specific field of interests is the history of World War II with a focus on everyday life during occupation in a pan-European perspective. Among Tatjana Tönsmeyer’s latest publications are „Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German occupation in World War II’’.


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