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Distinguished Scholar Series-Authoritarianism and Autocracies in Modern Europe

November 5, 2022 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


European political and social systems gradually became more democratic after the 18th century as the traditional power of kings and nobles was replaced by new voting rights and the institutions of representative government. But powerful anti-democratic movements also emerged in places such as Italy, Germany, and Russia.This seminar will explore the history of radical authoritarian ideologies, the popularity of autocratic leaders, and the methods that anti-democratic forces used to consolidate power in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and contemporary Russia. Drawing on historical examples from Europe, they’ll discuss how democracies become vulnerable to anti-democratic ideas and leaders.


Why and How Fascists and Nazis Destroyed Democracies in Italy and Germany
Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History

How Putin Suppressed the Promise of a Democratic Russia
Donald J. Raleigh, Professor of History Emeritus

Why is the History of Modern European Autocracies Important for Americans?
A panel discussion with our speakers

The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $50 for virtual viewing.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for UNC faculty, & staff. To register as a UNC Student, Staff, or Faculty, see our Registration Policy here.

*Registration for this event closes on November 4 at 3pm*


November 5, 2022
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Carolina Public Humanities
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