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Tony Judt

Geburtstag: 2. Januar 1948
Todesdatum: 6. August 2010
Andere Namen: 토니 젓, Тони Джъд

Tony Robert Judt war ein britisch-amerikanischer Historiker, der sich insbesondere mit der europäischen Geschichte seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts beschäftigte. Ab dem Jahr 1995 war er Direktor des von ihm gegründeten Remarque-Instituts an der New York University. Einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit bekannt wurde Judt durch sein Buch Die Geschichte Europas von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart . Im Jahr 1996 wurde Judt zum Fellow der American Academy of Arts and Sciences gewählt, im Jahr 2007 zum Fellow der British Academy. Wikipedia

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„Inequality is corrosive. It rots societies from within.“

—  Tony Judt

Ill Fares the Land (2010), Ch. 1 : The Way We Live Now
Kontext: Inequality is corrosive. It rots societies from within. The impact of material differences takes a while to show up: but in due course competition for status and goods increases; people feel a growing sense of superiority (or inferiority) based on their possessions; prejudice towards those on the lower ranks of the social ladder hardens; crime spikes and the pathologies of social disadvantage become ever more marked. The legacy of unregulated wealth creation is bitter indeed.

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„I am, I discover in late middle age, a work in progress.“

—  Tony Judt

quoted in Samuel Moyn, "Intellectuals, Reason, and History: In Memory of Tony Judt", H-France Salon (2012)

„We face today two practical dilemmas. The first can be succinctly described as the return of the ‘social question’. For Victorian reformers—or American activists of the pre-1914 age of reform—the challenge posed by the social question of their time was straightforward: how was a liberal society to respond to the poverty, overcrowding, dirt, malnutrition and ill health of the new industrial cities? How were the working masses to be brought into the community—as voters, as citizens, as participants—without upheaval, protest and even revolution? What should be done to alleviate the suffering and injustices to which the urban working masses were now exposed and how was the ruling elite of the day to be brought to see the need for change?
The history of the 20th century West is in large measure the history of efforts to answer these questions. The responses proved spectacularly successful: not only was revolution avoided but the industrial proletariat was integrated to a remarkable degree. Only in countries where any liberal reform was prevented by authoritarian rulers did the social question rephrase itself as a political challenge, typically ending in violent confrontation. In the middle of the 19th century, sharp-eyed observers like Karl Marx had taken it for granted that the only way the inequities of industrial capitalism could be overcome was by revolution. The idea that they could be dissolved peacefully into New Deals, Great Societies and welfare states simply never would have occurred to him.“

—  Tony Judt

Ill Fares the Land (2010), Ch. 5 : What Is to be Done?

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