Category Archives: History

Mandela; his life and legacy

As a work of literature, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom, is a curious beast, with many contradictory purposes. Of course, it is a story worth telling, and there are several episodes on which Mandela obviously

Mandela; his life and legacy

As a work of literature, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom, is a curious beast, with many contradictory purposes. Of course, it is a story worth telling, and there are several episodes on which Mandela obviously

Les Misérables; a drama whose chief character is the infinite

When Les Misérables hits UK screens, sales of Victor Hugo’s magnum opus are likely to benefit, but readers expecting to relive the romance of Cosette and Marius may be disappointed. As Hugo informs his reader, “This book is a drama,

Les Misérables; a drama whose chief character is the infinite

When Les Misérables hits UK screens, sales of Victor Hugo’s magnum opus are likely to benefit, but readers expecting to relive the romance of Cosette and Marius may be disappointed. As Hugo informs his reader, “This book is a drama,

Belgrade (Beograd)

Although it was technically in Budapest’s Keleti train station, it was thanks to Serbia’s Belgrade that I learned two crucial rules of backpacking. If you’re going to buy a ticket, which will save you money, be at the train station

Belgrade (Beograd)

Although it was technically in Budapest’s Keleti train station, it was thanks to Serbia’s Belgrade that I learned two crucial rules of backpacking. If you’re going to buy a ticket, which will save you money, be at the train station

Budapest

Hungary has something of an image problem amongst European States. Undeniably broke, arguably drifting towards a less free and uglier populism in politics and still more contentiously foreign-sounding due to the language’s Finno-Uric roots (i.e. closer to Mongolian than many

Budapest

Hungary has something of an image problem amongst European States. Undeniably broke, arguably drifting towards a less free and uglier populism in politics and still more contentiously foreign-sounding due to the language’s Finno-Uric roots (i.e. closer to Mongolian than many

Vienna, Bratislava

The city of Vienna should be, if not proud if its history, at least a little more exhibitionist. As the centre of an Empire tracing its lineage back to Charlemange’s formation of 800 AD and at one point the largest

Vienna, Bratislava

The city of Vienna should be, if not proud if its history, at least a little more exhibitionist. As the centre of an Empire tracing its lineage back to Charlemange’s formation of 800 AD and at one point the largest

Prague

Many cities can legitimately claim to represent the meeting point of Europe’s East and West – the fact that very few vie for the nomination is only partly relevant. On first glance, Prague is one of those cities. The Czech

Prague

Many cities can legitimately claim to represent the meeting point of Europe’s East and West – the fact that very few vie for the nomination is only partly relevant. On first glance, Prague is one of those cities. The Czech

Originally posted on The View East:
  All eyes are currently on Russia, with the 2012 Presidential elections due to take place in early March and former President (and current Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin’s controversial decision to seek re-election for…

Originally posted on The View East:
  All eyes are currently on Russia, with the 2012 Presidential elections due to take place in early March and former President (and current Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin’s controversial decision to seek re-election for…

Russia, Putin & the Georgian War

Norma Percy’s documentary on the rule of Vladimir Putin gains in stature each week. Of course, it has not been without its critics, who dismiss it as pro-Putin propaganda and have sent the programme’s consultant, Angus Roxburgh, into a spin.

Russia, Putin & the Georgian War

Norma Percy’s documentary on the rule of Vladimir Putin gains in stature each week. Of course, it has not been without its critics, who dismiss it as pro-Putin propaganda and have sent the programme’s consultant, Angus Roxburgh, into a spin.

Vaclav Havel

It was extraordinary the degree to which everything ultimately revolved around this one man. In almost all the Forum’s major decisions and statements he was the final arbiter, the one person who could somehow balance the very different tendencies and

Vaclav Havel

It was extraordinary the degree to which everything ultimately revolved around this one man. In almost all the Forum’s major decisions and statements he was the final arbiter, the one person who could somehow balance the very different tendencies and

Democracy is the Solution

On the State of Egypt; What Caused the Revolution by Alaa Al Aswany (2011) Addressing distinguished guests at the Mansion House last month, William Hague called the Arab Spring ‘perhaps the main event of the twenty-first century so far.’ More

Democracy is the Solution

On the State of Egypt; What Caused the Revolution by Alaa Al Aswany (2011) Addressing distinguished guests at the Mansion House last month, William Hague called the Arab Spring ‘perhaps the main event of the twenty-first century so far.’ More