1989: Global and Local Legacies

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Date: 5 November 2009

Venue: Room H204, HII Seminar Room

Organiser: Dr Paul Newman

Most historians and social scientists agree that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Europe marked the end of one era of world history and the beginning of another. In the euphoria of the days and months that preceded the historic transformations of 1989, many people felt that a new epoch of European integration and co-operation would now replace the decades-long divisions and ideological stand-off that had characterized European history after the 1945.  Twenty years on, initial euphoria has given way to a more cautious attitude towards European integration, and new emphases in global politics have changed the position of Europe in the world, as well as those of the USA and Russia. In Ireland, Europhile traditions have been challenged by a ‘No’ vote to the Lisbon Treaty in 2008, a reflection of a more ambivalent attitude towards political and cultural integration with the continent. The event 1989: Global and Local Legacies will take a timely look at shifting attitudes towards Euro-Atlantic integration in the Republic of Ireland as well as considering the nature of the social, political, and cultural transformations of the post-1989 era from a global rather than a Eurocentric perspective.  Two speakers will discuss global and local ramifications of the transformations of 1989, followed by responses from two leading academics, and questions from the floor. 

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