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War in Ukraine, aggression against political dissidents, terror, populism, xenophobia. If you are looking for traces of violence in our societies, you needn't look far. The June issue of the WZB-Mitteilungen presents a wide range of articles and analyses on power and violence.
Class Struggle and Terrorism
What is the connection between the political exclusion of the poor and the emergence of anarchist and leftist terrorism in the 19th and early 20th centuries? Using historical data, Daniel Meierrieks shows: The exclusion of the poor, the monopolization of political power by rich sections of the population, and class antagonisms favored the emergence of social revolutionary terrorism.
Autocratization and its consequences
In many parts of the world, democracies are under siege. Globally, we are in an ongoing wave of autocratization. In their research, Vanessa Boese and Sebatian Hellmeier monitor current transformations of democracy around the world.