Is democracy here to stay?

with Jonathan Israel

Den Haag
donderdag 24 september
21:15 (in English)


Jefferson and Paine, founding fathers of the American democracy, traveled all around Europe to promote their radical idea of modern democracy. They inspired revolutions and new constitutional laws in France, Great-Britain, Ireland, Poland, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In his new book The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848, renowned historian Jonathan Israel traces this fascinating and important process with its many dramatic failures. According to Israel, the rise of the middle-class does not lead automatically to democracy. What were the conditions for a successful democracy in the eighteenth century? Does this foundational history give us any clues to explain the current decline of democracy?

During the Night of the Dictatorships Israel will be interviewed by Frank Hendrickx at the occasion of the Dutch translation of his book. More information on his book The Expanding Blaze

This event is hosted by Arminius Rotterdam.


Jonathan Israel is emeritus professor Modern European history at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Formerly, he was professor of Dutch history and institutions at the University of London. Other publications include The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477–1806 and Radical Enlightenment.

Frank Hendrickx is historian and political journalist for de Volkskrant.



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