Jacob Rees-Mogg’s alarming cry of “Illuminati”

Michael Berkowitz, Historian at UCL, argues that during Parliament’s No Deal Brexit debate this week, Jacob Rees-Mogg has used a little-noted but unequivocally antisemitic trope. Few seem to have noticed an expressly antisemitic sentiment articulated by Jacob Rees-Mogg in the vociferous Brexit debate during the evening of Tuesday, 3 September 2019. As a historian of antisemitism who has published on the stereotype of “Jewish criminality” used … Continue reading Jacob Rees-Mogg’s alarming cry of “Illuminati”

British exceptionalism is an intellectual trap

Helene von Bismarck warns Britons and Europeans against adopting the exceptionalist narrative of British history from the Brexiters. The assumption that the United Kingdom has always been too different from the rest of the EU to make a success of its membership is based on a superficial reading not just of British, but of European history. What are non-British observers of British politics to make … Continue reading British exceptionalism is an intellectual trap

Worth asking: Is there an antisemitic tinge to the attacks on Speaker John Bercow?

Michael Berkowitz, Historian at UCL, questions whether the toxicity of the Brexit debate has not gone one step too far when it comes to the Speaker of the House John Bercow. With antisemitism resurging strongly in the politics in Europe, it is a question worth asking and a crucial problem to tackle.  On 18 March 2019, Speaker of the House John Bercow caused a sensation by disallowing … Continue reading Worth asking: Is there an antisemitic tinge to the attacks on Speaker John Bercow?

Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory, writes Gesine Manuwald, Professor of Latin at UCL. In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the … Continue reading Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL. In his review of Niall Ferguson’s Kissinger, Graham Allison quotes from the book: “in researching the life and times of Henry Kissinger, I have come to realize … Continue reading The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?