Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany are jointly sponsoring an exhibition in 2014 about the history of democracy and dictatorship in 20th century Europe. The occasion for this is the upcoming series of major anniversaries that illustrate the linkages among national histories during the “Century of Extremes“: the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I takes place in 2014. 75 years will have passed as well since the beginning of World War II, 25 years since the peaceful revolution of 1989, and 10 years since the eastward enlargement of the European Union.
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The show "Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century"portrays Europe’s twentieth century as a dramatic history of the struggle between freedom and tyranny, democracy and dictatorship. Inspired by the year 2014, it invites viewers to take a historical pulse of the past century. The exhibition presents almost 190 photographs and images from numerous European archives. The authors of the show are Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching, the director of the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and his colleague Dr. Petra Weber.
The exhibition is an ideal medium for sparking discussion in public places – such as city hall reception areas, adult education centers, local libraries, schools, or religious meeting places – about the history of dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century Europe. At the same time the exhibition provides an appropriate setting for film showings, discussions with contemporary witnesses, book launches, as well as other events related to this theme.