28.09.2020 18:30 Uhr
Book presentation: »Demokratie. Eine gefährdete Lebensform«
Book presentation and discussion with the book's author Till van Rahden and historian Julia Angster. Presented by Johannes Paulmann, director of the IEG, department »Universalgeschichte«. Presentation and discussion in German. Venue: IEG Mainz, Conference Room, Alte Universitätsstraße 19, 55116 Mainz The book presentation will be shared via livestream. More information on how to access the livestream following soon. Liberal democracy has been taken for granted for a long time. Now it is facing a crisis. It becomes more and more clear that democracy is fragile and needs care. Democracy does not end in editorials, talk shows, voting or parlamentary debate. Democracy is more than a type of government. If we want to be more than inept democrats, says Till van Rahden, we have to maintain democratic manners, strengthen our culture of debate and extend public spaces allowing us to experience equality and freedom and practice democratic manners in our everyday life. Democracy shows itself in parks and in swimming pools, in kindergarten and on playgrounds, in school and within the family. This book sheds light on the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, illustrating its social and cultural requirements. Instead of mourning the decline of democracy, we need to increase our awareness of it. Because democracy is nothing less than a way of life. Till van Rahden is a historian and teaches German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal in Canada. Julia Angster holds the chair in the department Early Modern and Modern History at the University of Mannheim and leads the university archive. Cooperation partner: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Rheinland-Pfalz Free admission.