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Stephan Sanders-Faes is an historian of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Bergen, Norway. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Graz in 2011 and obtained the Habilitation in Early Modern and Modern History from the University of Zurich in 2018. Before joining the Bergen faculty in 2020, he taught for ten years at the history departments at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg, as well as held the István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University in 2018.

Stephan’s research focuses on post-medieval Central and Eastern Europe (c. 1350-1850), with a particular interest in urban-rural relations, administrative, bureaucratic, and constitutional changes (“ABC history”), and state transformation — that is, the emergence, and change over time, of the European national state. He’s the author of two books: Urban Elites of Zadar (2013); and Europas Habsburgisches Jahrhundert (2018). His next book will be Lordship and State Transformation: Bohemia and the Habsburg Monarchy from the Thirty Years War to the War of the Spanish Succession, expected in 2022. 

He blogs on current events at fackel.substack.com. Fakel means “torch” in German.

Currently, Stephan is investigating the diffusion of state authority into the rural periphery of Habsburg Lower Austria from the late eighteenth century to the advent of constitutional rule in 1860s, exploring the role of non-state actors as state-builders, the patterns of transition, and the social factors influencing them.

His other contributions to the field includes consulting for the EU Commission’s Research Executive Agency (Marie Curie-Sk?odowska fellowships), the Polish National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki), and the Swiss National Science Foundation, as well as serving on the international editorial board of Atti (published by the Center for Historical Research in Rovinj/Rovigo, Croatia), and as peer-reviewer for Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, Archivio Veneto, and the Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, among others.

The KunstlerCast theme music is the beautiful Two Rivers Waltz written and performed by Larry Unger.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

7 Responses to “KunstlerCast 370 — Stephan Sander-Faes on Europe’s Nervous Winter”

  1. par4 February 1, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

    Very interesting, another good podcast.

  2. cowbell81 February 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

    At the 55-minute mark the statement is made by Jim that when Russia wins the Ukraine offensive and the West loses face throughout the world as a result of its loss, this will serve as the “dam breaking” scenario that will usher in massive political changes throughout Europe.

    Hopefully this will be the case, and hopefully they are correct that the end of the EU will fall like the Soviet Bloc with sustained mass protests, followed by a strong political leader with populist leanings like Napoleon or Lenin.

    The talk about disregarding and erasing our cultural history at the 1:10 mark is also noteworthy and well received. Thank you for bringing this up. We should never forget where we came from, no matter what the Wokists want us to believe. Note to the woke agenda: Diminish and denigrate our common history and culture at your peril.

  3. annettekimball February 1, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

    So very interesting! Two thoughtful gentlemen with more knowledge than I can imagine having! 75 years of msm poisoned my brain until I realized that something Was up! Civid propaganda woke me up, suspicious from the get-go! (Covid) . Thank you so much for this podcast and all previous and future ones. At least I’ll die a bit smarter!

  4. Bill of Rights February 1, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

    It was good to hear a European interviewed and hopefully more foreign voices will come on this great podcast.

  5. thirdcoastlegend February 3, 2023 at 5:37 pm #

    Another good interview with a thoughtful guest.

    I have to admit that I am envious Mr. Sander-Faes is lucky enough to reside in Bergen.

    I have only had the pleasure of visiting Bergen for about a week, but I can report it is a much more scenic, pleasant, walkable, and fun city than Oslo, with absolutely spectacular sunsets on the harbor one can view from the heights near the city.

    Highly recommended if one has the means and opportunity to visit!

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  6. Left Sceptic February 5, 2023 at 2:09 am #

    Excellent discussion. It is becoming clearer that there are a multitude of clever people around the world with vision and integrity. The WEF / Gates and co agenda is doomed to fail.

    • BackRowHeckler February 15, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Well, Germany is balls-in for the “Transition to Renewables”. Its the country that Environmentalists in the US point to to show us how its done. Not a day goes by in publications like Elektric or the Guardian that another “Renewable breakthrough” in Germany is not announced.

      The Guardian & Elektrik are not Climate Crisis shills; they report the unvarnished truth lol.