The book “Creeping into Power” examines how the New Right instrumentalises history to gain the power to interpret our future. The book will be published in German in July. It is not only an analysis but a call to counter the misuse of history.
The New Right is striving for power in Europe. One of its strongest strategies: the instrumentalisation of history to anchor its ideology in the minds of the people. Myths about the nation, its heroes and struggles for freedom are intended to make nationalism and racial thinking socially acceptable again. This shows: We must fight for history to give the liberal values of our society a future.
In Germany, the AfD evokes over 1000 years of glorious Germanism. In Italy, Matteo Salvini stages himself in the tradition of Italian freedom fighters. In Hungary, Viktor Orbán wants to lead his country back to “historical greatness”. And even for the Corona crisis, the New Right is trying to propagate a renaissance of nationalism as a solution. The national illusion of “clean”, homogenous societies shall become the political consensus of the future.
The book “Creeping into Power” (OT: “Schleichend an die Macht”) analyses the strategy of the New Right in Europe and is at the same time a call to politicians and academics, teachers and civil society to confront the misuse of history.
Book to be Published in July 2020
The book will be published by Dietz Verlag in July 2020, but can already be pre-ordered here. It contains contributions by Andreas Audretsch, Claudia Gatzka, Paul Jürgensen, Hedwig Richter, Jürgen Kocka, Markus Linden and Stephan Ozsváth. In an interview with the German online newspaper “Zeit Online” the editors give a first outline: “The new right-wing theses are far-reaching” (DE).
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