Liberalism Lost - 30 Years After the Fall of the Wall

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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, why did the transformation of Eastern European countries give rise to a rejection of liberalism, not only in the East but also in the heartlands of the West?

In their new book The Light That Failed: A Reckoning, political scientists Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes describe the post-Cold War, new world order as the ‘Age of Imitation’ - a period of Western democratisation in which Eastern European values would be bent to fit a liberal fiscal, cultural and moral politics of ‘integration.’

Why did the attempt to help Eastern European countries reorganise their societies result in a rejection of liberal democratic principles? And what made Russia turn from being a potential ally to the West?

Join Ivan Krastev at the RSA as he explores why the ‘Age of Imitation’ failed to deliver prosperity, equality or national pride to the Eastern Bloc – and led to today’s crisis of liberalism in both the East and West.

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2019-10-29 2019-10-29 Europe/London Liberalism Lost - 30 Years After the Fall of the Wall After winning the Cold War, did the West lose the peace? Political scientist Ivan Krastev sheds light on the East/West divide, thirty years on. The Royal Society of Arts,8 John Adam Street,London,

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