The Review of Democracy is the online journal and autonomous platform of the CEU Democracy Institute. The journal was launched back in 2021 and is dedicated to the reinvigoration, survival, and prosperity of democracies worldwide. It delivers analysis, reflection, research, and opinion pieces in real-time at the national and supranational level. The journal’s main sections are devoted to the History of Ideas, Democracy and Culture, Political Economy, the Rule of Law, the Future of Europe, and Cross-Regional Dialogue. The journal has published a series on topics such as the War in Ukraine, Christian Democracy, or Histories and Futures of Liberalism, among others.
Ferenc Laczó from the History Department is one of RevDem’s main editors and also co-heads, with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Wesleyan University), the History of Ideas section. A key priority of the section has been to offer extended, in-depth discussions with leading scholars who have done exciting new work. These discussions are publicly available in a podcast series. Recent guests in this section have included Danielle Allen, Francis Fukuyama, Beverly Gage, Jonathan Holslag, Michael Ignatieff, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Dirk Moses, Samuel Moyn, Serhii Plokhy, Adam Shatz, Quinn Slobodian, Stephen Wertheim, Lea Ypi, and Tara Zahra, among many others.
Three kinds of publications at RevDem that might be of particular interest also to the readers of Mosa Historia are those that analyse contemporary European history, those that reflect on the current debates on memory and inclusivity, and those that deal with contemporary liberalism.
1. The series devoted to analysing contemporary European history includes the following conversations:
- Peoples of Europe. National Leaders and Public Opinion in A Post-Maastricht Era (A Conversation with Dermot Hodson)
- The Price of Optimism: A Conversation with Geert Mak about Europe in Our Times
- How Europeans Live Now: Ben Judah on Capturing the Arc of Life in Our Time
- The West’s Strategic Mistake and Broken Resolve: Jonathan Holslag on World Politics Since 1989
- Konrad Jarausch on Realistic Progress
- A Savage War of Russian Decline: Serhii Plokhy Discusses the Russo–Ukrainian War
2. The series on debating memory and inclusivity features the following conversations, among others:
- Emancipating Jews from Narratives of Victimhood and Redemption: Susan Neiman Discusses Germany’s Current Memory Culture
- It is a Mistake to See the Eastern Vision as Antidemocratic. Peter Verovšek on European Memory
- L’Europe Qui Conford. In Conversation with Hans Kundnani
- Nested Stories of Persecution: Ari Joskowicz Discusses the Asymmetrical Entanglements of Jews and Roma in History and Memory
- Repairing the Damage to Our Ethical Categories. A Conversation with Charlotte Wiedemann
3. The series on contemporary liberalism includes the following conversations:
- Danielle Allen on Power-Sharing Liberalism
- Be Realistic, Demand Significant Change! Daniel Chandler on What a Progressive Liberal Society of the Future Could Look Like
- Gary Gerstle on the Neoliberal Political Order: An Elite Promise of a World of Freedom and Emancipation (Part I and Part II)
- What Makes the Identity Synthesis a Trap? Yascha Mounk on the Emergence, Appeal, and Consequences of a Defining Ideology of Our Time
- Enemies at the Liberal Democratic Gates (A Conversation with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins)
- Liberalism Hasn’t Provided Adequate Answers to Today’s Major Crises: Luke Savage on Contemporary Liberalism and its Democratic Socialist Critique
Some audio files and their transcripts may be usefully assigned as recommended learning materials in various BA and MA courses at FASoS and beyond. Please also visit the podcasts section on our Mosa Historia blog to find more audio output created by members of the Maastricht History Department.