Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

By Dina Gusejnova Familiar images from 1989 show people on the Berlin Wall, dancing, holding hands, feet dangling east and west, and laughing. Twenty-five years on, these images remain icons of a fleeting phenomenon: political happiness. It is all too easy to confuse the end of this particular story with the end of history. Injustice… Continue reading Memory, real estate, and the fleeting borders of happiness: the fall of the Berlin Wall in its twenty-fifth year

Berlin Wall: a backdrop for the politics of moral outrage

By Dr Michael Rowe The Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989. The event, which has come to symbolise the end of the Cold War, came about when an East German government spokesman miscalculated, and erroneously announced the previously sealed border open. Crowds of ordinary East Berliners quickly gathered, and no one in authority dared… Continue reading Berlin Wall: a backdrop for the politics of moral outrage

Chávez vs UKIP? How Latin America has reinvigorated the European left

Radical left parties, Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, did well in the recent European elections. But how far can they go? And what are the lessons for the UK? Republished from     From time to time members of the School of Advanced Study  publish about their research on other websites. This post republishes that… Continue reading Chávez vs UKIP? How Latin America has reinvigorated the European left

Scotland’s referendum: democracy won


By Sir Ronald Sanders The winner of Scotland’s agonising referendum on 18 September was undoubtedly and impressively, democracy. The leaders and members of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) set an example to nationalists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the world, by the manner in which they approached the fight for Scotland’s independence from… Continue reading Scotland’s referendum: democracy won


Celebrating the humanities and ‘Being Human’

By Nicholas Stern We live in a time when the world faces problems of trust in institutions and a weakening of confidence in existing ideas and models. The geo-political landscape is shifting fundamentally. Politicians in many countries, including the UK, are failing to inspire younger generations. The UK is seeing a decline in membership of political… Continue reading Celebrating the humanities and ‘Being Human’