Professor Tobias Straumann
Historian, University of Zurich
The rise of Hitler and the currentness of the 1930s
The rise of right-wing parties in Europe has led many observers to warn of a relapse into the barbarity of the 1930s. How correct is this historical comparison? The lecture submits current theses to a critical examination and points to an often-neglected parallel that by all means provides cause for concern: the dissonance between international agreements and domestic realities.
The lecture is open to the public. No advance booking required. No seat reservation possible.*
Discussion on the topic with Heinrich Christen, historian
Tobias Straumann, born in 1966 in Wettingen, Switzerland, is an economic historian and an honorary professor of contemporary history at the University of Zurich. He studied in Bielefeld, Paris and Zurich, was a senior assistant at the University of Lausanne, and spent visiting semesters at the University of California at Berkeley, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Oxford. His book ‘1931 – Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler’ (Oxford University Press) was released in March 2019.