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Konrad Jarausch on Realistic Progress

RevDem editor Ferenc Laczo interviewed historian Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his latest book Embattled Europe: A Progressive Alternative, a rich and finely balanced portrait of contemporary Europe.

Professor Jarausch, who is also the former director of the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam, has written or edited some 50 books on modern German and European history. His research interests have covered a whole host of subjects, including the social history of German students and professions, German unification in 1989-1990, the character of the East German dictatorship and the debate on historians and the Third Reich. More recently, he has devoted attention to learning processes after 1945 and to life histories of ordinary Germans while also offering more general interpretations of 20th-century German and European history. In 2015, he published a new major history of Europe in the 20th Century entitled Out of Ashes. 

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