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"Another Marshall Plan? Myths and Truths 75 Years Later": Discussion with David W. Ellwood, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Sergey Lagodinsky and Petra Pinzler

Jun 10, 2022 | 07:00 PM

Two world wars, three totalitarianisms in 25 years, and the spread of communism spawned the idea and implementation of the Marshall Plan in post-war Europe. It was misery and despair which turned political extremism into mass movements, while general prosperity promoted freedom and tolerance. The challenge then was to demonstrate to the mass of Europeans that they too could enjoy prosperity and democracy IF they embraced the secrets of America’s success: productivity and the continental-scale market.

Yet, the connection between prosperity and pluralism is not simple. Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. Nationalism is resurgent even in Europe and the single market, developed to world level, can produce violent identity backlashes. But when it comes to rebuilding Ukraine – and perhaps even post-Putin Russia – the discussion is: will another Marshall Plan be indispensable, and can it serve as political blueprint and inspiration?

A cooperation of the U.S. Embassy Berlin, the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS, the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, and the Humboldt Lab of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


David W. Ellwood is Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe. Formerly he was Associate Professor of contemporary international history at the University of Bologna

Jessica Gienow-Hecht is Professor of International History at Freie Universität Berlin and Chair of the Department of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. She is a Principal Investigator at SCRIPTS and member of the Research Unit “Borders”.

Sergey Lagodinsky is a German Member of the European Parliament in the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. He chairs the EU-Turkey Delegation and member of the Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties/Home Affairs committees.

Moderator: Petra Pinzler, Journalist, Die Zeit

Humboldt Lab at Humboldt Forum Berlin, Schlossplatz, 10178 Berlin

The event will be held in English. 

Register for free tickets at: events@scripts-berlin.eu

More information can be found here.