Geoffrey Hosking, a historian of Russia and Emeritus Professor of Russian History (UCL), reviews “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE SEDUCTIVE LURE OF AUTHORITARIANISMby Anne ApplebaumDoubleday, 21 July 2020 At the turn of the millennium, Anne Applebaum and her husband Radek Sikorski (at that time working in the … Continue reading The other half of the authoritarianism story
Andreas Jacobs, a political analyst at the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, and Florian Mussgnug, a reader in Comparative Literature and Italian at UCL, examine the cultural attitudes Germans and Italians have toward each other. Continue reading Italy and Germany need new political narratives
Jennifer Rushworth, Lecturer in French Studies, reflects on the search for the Vinteuil Sonata, a creation of French novelist Marcel Proust. Continue reading In Search of the Vinteuil Sonata
Alexander Samson, Reader in Early Modern Studies at UCL, writes that resilience in the face of mass disease is a part of human history, and should give us hope in the time of coronavirus. Continue reading The Seventh Seal: Putting Epidemic Disease in its Place
Michael Berkowitz reflects on the role of antisemitism and issues concerning Jews in the ongoing election, and on how the history of Jews in Britain might guide the perplexed.
Britain’s politics has to some extent engaged various Jewish questions even when there was no official Jewish community between 1290 and the mid-seventeenth century. This electoral season has been unusual for the degree to which issues concerning Jews, and antisemitism in particular, have played a significant part in the political discourse.