Politics & Society

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Ulrich Menzel

The Order of the World

The order of the world is one of the major problems that nations find themselves confronted with. Who creates order in the anarchy of the international system if the relationships between nations become increasingly dense and the need for an international order is growing as a consequence of globalization?

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Markus Metz, Georg Seeßlen

Freedom and Control

One of the defining experiences of the present is that the eternal dichotomy of freedom and control continues to unfold with new sharpness: the individual and society are confronted with an unprecedented variety of ways of being free. On the other hand, technical possibilities and the widely felt need for ever-increasing control are escalating - whether over one's own body, the borders or the whole world.

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Heiner Müller

»Not Enough for Everyone«

The reception of the works by this author of poetry and prose, director of plays and theatres has changed: while in the early nineties, some considered his statements to be not in keeping with the times, the »lover of catastrophes« is now considered an oracle: »One needn’t worry about the anti-capitalist alternatives, because capitalism has no other enemies than itself now. […] This holds the promise of an interesting development. Connected to poverty and suffering in many parts of the world, to the explosion of population, to ecological catastrophes. One needn’t worry about utopias, only about apocalypses, if that.« This is what Müller said in 1991 – ten years before 9/11, sixteen years before the financial crisis.

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Croatia (Sandorf), Serbia (Radni Sto)

Uwe Nettelbeck


During the 1960s, the German Federal Republic is living through its most radical change to date: traditional values lose their cogency, the bourgeois family only represents constraint to many people, students bring their protest from the universities onto the streets, and the first RAF-generation forms itself. As a court reporter for DIE ZEIT, Uwe Nettelbeck is in the thick of it. He reports on common fates, but also on some of the most spectacular trials in post-war Germany, such as that of the »funfair killer« Jürgen Bartsch, or the Arsonist-Trial against Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and others in Frankfurt.

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Christian Neuhäuser

Wealth as an Ethical Problem

Wealth is considered a good thing, desirable even. Even those not in pursuit of it would be unlikely to reject it, and those who begrudge others their wealth are quickly labelled as jealous.

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Volker Perthes

The End of the Middle East As We Know It

In many ways, the area between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf has ceased to be the »Middle East we know« – or believed to know. We cannot foresee future developments in the area, but can definitely try to identify relevant trends. The biggest trend here seems to be the disintegration of regional order – without anyone there to restore it.

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Denmark (Ellekaer)

Oliver Polak

Stop Hating Jews

Oliver Polak is a well known German-Jewish stand up comedian. In this autobiographical book he describes the recent rise of antisemitism in Europe from his own personal perspective. And it is not about the encounter with the easy to identify, Doc Martens wearing skinhead.

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Lutz Raphael

Beyond Coal and Steel

In the 1970s many western European states were gripped by unprecedented structural transformation: the factories of the old industries disappeared, millions of jobs were lost, previously booming cities were beset by crises, and new social questions determined the political agenda. But what happened to the proud industrial citizen – to his jobs, career path, and residential districts?

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Erich Rathfelder


Kosovo, the autonomous province in former Yugoslavia fought over by the Albanians and Serbs, declared its independence in 2008 despite Serbian opposition.

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Andreas Reckwitz

The Society of Singularities

The particular is the clincher and the unique is prized while the general and the standardised remain, on the contrary, rather unattractive. The average person with his or her average life is suspicious. The new measure of all things is the authentic subject with original interests and a carefully crafted biography, as well as unmistakable goods and events, communities and cities. Late modernity celebrates the singular.

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English world rights (Polity), Chinese simplex rights (Social Sciences Academic Press), France (MSH), Denmark (Reitzels), Korea (Saemulgyul), Turkey (Tün Kitap)

Martin Reichert

The Capsule

»Don’t give AIDS a chance« – almost every German will recognise the slogan of this 1987 campaign from the Federal Centre for Health Education. »Truvada« was the name of the wonder drug that was supposed to fulfil this call to arms. The capsule, which for some time had already been prescribed to those infected with HIV, in the meantime is also used for its prevention. What the majority of Germans remain unaware of, however, is the pain and isolation that many people had to experience prior to AIDS education and prevention as well as the development of effective medicines.

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Mykola Rjabtschuk

Ukraine, Real and Imagined

What sort of a country was it in which elections were rigged, journalists murdered, and a presidential candidate poisoned during the election campaign?

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Peter Sloterdijk

Modernity’s Enfants Terribles

What drives humanity? Are we progressing from a lower state to a higher one? Is progress guided by the lessons of history? Should history be understood as progress towards and in the conception of freedom?

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English world rights (Columbia UP), Spanish world rights (Siruela), Brazilian Portuguese Rights (Estaçao Liberdade), France (Payot), Italy (Mimesis), Netherlands (Boom), Turkey (Edebi Seyler)

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Wolfgang Streeck

Buying Time

The crisis has us all on tenterhooks and creates a pervasive sense of disorientation. Problems so large as to be entirely inscrutable provoke measures that seem like emergency open heart surgery on the entire Western world – carried out without examining the patient’s past medical history. As serious as the situation is, we seem just as incapable of understanding what exactly is going on. And how it could have come to this.

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English world rights (Verso), Spanish world rights (Katz), Chinese simplex rights (SSAP), Russia (Higher School of Economics), Brazil (Boitempo), Portugal (Actual), Arabic world rights (Sefsafa), France (Gallimard), Italy (Feltrinelli), Netherlands (Leesmagazijn), Sweden (Daidalos), Finland (Vastapaino), Korea (Dolbegae), Japan (Misuzu Shobo), Poland (Natolin European Center), Bulgaria (K&X Critique & Humanism), Turkey (Koc UP)

Carlo Strenger

Those Damned Liberal Elites

In the debate on the rise of nationalistic and anti-liberal parties, an ancient ghost has reappeared – the ghost of liberal cosmopolitans: well-educated, internationally connected scientists, journalists or politicians who assure each other of their moral superiority. The rift between cosmopolitans and patriotic communitarians is considered one of the central conflicts of our time.

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Carlo Strenger


Israel: Torn between Democracy and Theocracy

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Mark Terkessidis


Whether treated as a theoretical concept or a polemic phrase, the term »multiculturalism« has determined the debate on the immigration society for a long time. A society that was imagined to play out like a big neighbourhood party with frankfurters, falafel and cevapcici – as a noncommittally tolerant co-existence.

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Mark Terkessidis


The recent protests have revealed the people’s dissatisfaction: politicians seems far removed from day-to-day life and are overwhelmed with major projects such as train stations or airports. The people, by contrast, are more opinionated than ever. After years of neoliberal speeches, they have become accustomed to personal responsibility: together they created Wikipedia, renovated class rooms or just founded schools themselves. And in that way, they became positive collaborators.

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Philipp Ther

Europe After 1989

In 2014, Europe is in the grip of concerns and crises that have caused the optimism of 1989’s new beginnings to fade into distant memory. The New Order on the Old Continent explores correlations between the current situation in Europe and the new dawn arising after the fall of the Iron Curtain by shedding a different light on the end of communism, the revolutions of 1989-91 and the subsequent political and social transformations that gave rise to the »new Europe«. Current transformations are analyzed, not within the confines of Eastern Europe, but as a phenomenon affecting all EU Member States.

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English world rights (Princeton UP), Chinese complex rights (Rye Field), Finland (Vastapaino), Japan (Misuzu Shobo), Poland (Kurhaus Publishing), Czech Republic (Libri), Bulgaria (KX Critique & Humanism), Ukraine (Antropogos-Logos-Film)

Tomas Venclova


»Nobody can claim that Vilnius is his alone. The sheer fantastic fusion of languages, religions and national traditions in a city that ignores political boundaries was what recent arrivals always noticed, while its inhabitants were of the opinion that things couldn’t be any other way«.

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English world rights (Sheep Meadow), Poland (Zeszyty Literackie), Hungary (Europa)

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