Liberty, equality, fraternity: has the French Revolution ended?
Ivan Vejvoda talks with Stephen Szabo at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017
No revolution has changed the course of history more than the one that started on July 14, 1789 with the storming of the Bastille. Today historians continue to debate its causes and effects, philosophers theorize the universality of its values, while contemporary struggles for democracy across the world invoke them as universal inspiration. On 23 September 2017, Ivan Vejvoda — a key figure in the opposition movement in Yugoslavia during the 1990s, former Senior Vice President for Programs at the German Marshall Fund and IWM Permanent Fellow — reflected on the enduring importance of the French Revolution for the Balkans, Europe, and the world. Moderator: Stephen Szabo, IWM Visiting Fellow and Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy.
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Picture: Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Marat (1793), Musée Old Masters, Brussels; public domain