Le jeudi 10 mars Paul Betts, Professeur d’Histoire européenne moderne à St Antony’s College (Université d’Oxford) et titulaire de la Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch 2021-2022, a donné à l’ULB une leçon publique intitulée « A Re-Civilising Mission: The Cultural Reconstruction of Europe after 1945 ».


In this lecture, Paul Betts discussed his new book on Europe after 1945, which explores how changing understandings of civilization underpinned a new politics of identity in an era of defeat and division across the Cold War divide. It traces how this long reviled term of European superiority enjoyed a popular comeback in many circles, variously used to imagine Europe as a whole as well as to justify its political differences. The new mission to re-civilize Europe was by no means confined to conservatives, and was seized upon by a surprising array of competing causes and interest groups from across the political spectrum and Iron Curtain. In the aftermath of war, civilization served as a favorite point of reference to grasp Europe’s new postwar condition beyond the nation-state and Cold division, and to reconsider its relationship to the past, the future, and the rest of the world.

L’enregistrement vidéo de cette conférence sera bientôt publié sur notre site.

Plus d’informations sur Paul Betts et sur la Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch sont disponibles ici.