The storming of the presidential palace in Sri Lanka is a moment of powerful symbolism – one with many historical precedents.
Usually when a leader handles a crisis poorly, it’s politically costly. But President Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis is not likely to hurt him, says an expert on health crises.
People get angry far more often than they rebel. And rebellions rarely become revolutions. An expert on the French Revolution explains why today’s protest movements are different.
Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
The battle between nationalism and a wider European identity in the 19th century has influenced philosophy to this day.
A government-imposed internet blackout in Sudan is the latest in a series of internet shutdowns as a means to quell dissent.
From the French Revolution to #MeToo, social movements often burst into the mainstream with what seems like little warning. Cass Sunstein explains why.
Food and medical aid at Venezuela’s borders could spark a revolution.
A populist movement that threatened to topple a French government more than 60 years ago has important lessons for today’s protests and why they represent a reckoning.
The University of Reading wrongly judged that Geras’ essay, which discusses political violence, might fall foul of the government’s Prevent strategy.
The Russian Revolution – an event that affected more than Russia and was more than a revolution.
Since the Byzantine era, gossipy anecdotes about the mishaps of rulers and their inner circles have been compiled, shared and published.
John Lennon’s Revolution was panned by the radical media as a ‘petty bourgeois cry of fear’ in 1968. Then, in 1987 it was claimed by Nike to be the controversial soundtrack of its most seminal advert.
Some say the gig economy is capitalism’s final victory, but maybe it’s not.
By remorselessly crushing political dissent, Daniel Ortega has squandered his people’s goodwill and eroded his power base.
Saddled with a repressive government that cuts their wages in the name of austerity, Iraq’s Kurds are demanding something better.
Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.
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Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
Our current politically turbulent times in the US are difficult – but not unusual. History shows that fragility is the norm. Get used to it. What is unusual are moments of calm.
If President Trump really wants to restore America’s manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
The divine right of kings was dismantled after a bloody conflict nearly 400 years ago. The impulse which led to that change should protect us from the reign of the White House emperor.