Democracy: a German affair – FPRI Events

About the event

After a 20th century marked by militarism, dictatorship and genocide, Germany has become one of the leading democratic states in Europe. Yet historians continue to debate whether German democratic development after 1945 was primarily the result of external pressures or internal democratic traditions. This issue has become even more acute in recent years, as economic and political crises have fueled distrust of existing political structures in Germany and other democracies, while increasingly assertive authoritarian leaders claim that democracy is itself a failing political model.

One of the newest and most creative scholars studying the history of democracy in Germany and its lessons for the rest of the world is Professor Hedwig Richter, who will join us to discuss his latest book, Demokratie: Eine Deutsche Affäre (Democracy: A German Affair). Richter and Ronald J. Granieri of FPRI will discuss German history and broader issues surrounding the origins, achievements and potentially murky future of democratic governance.

People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri features in-depth conversations with authors of recent books on international affairs and national security. Moderated by FPRI’s Ronald J. Granieri, each session will draw on content from the book to discuss the author’s influences and motivations, linking everything to current events to elicit a broader understanding of the geographic, political and cultural context. history of our contemporary world.


Hedwig Richter – Dr. Hedwig Richter is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich. His wide-ranging research interests include the history of democracy and dictatorships…

Ronald J. Granieri – Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is a Fellow of FPRI Templeton Education, Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for American and Western Studies, and host of People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri, a monthly series of events for FPRI members.