Political theorist Steven Klein makes a powerful case as to why Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation has to be read today. Polanyi provides an alternative for both pro-market globalism and nationalist populism and prefigures current concerns with environmentalism as well. Does he provide a hopeful scenario for the future of capitalism? Is Polanyi merely Marx 2.0? Klein explains both The Great Transformation's key ideas and history or reception since WWII.
Why did some interwar politicians think that population engineering could serve the interests of democracy? Shannon Monaghan explains why many in France were convinced after 1918 that the removal of the recently reannexed Alsace-Lorraine's German population was necessary to solidify democracy. Shannon talks about her new comparative history of post-1918 transitions, Protecting Democracy from Dissent: Population Engineering in Western Europe, 1918-1926.