17 November 2017

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Understanding Brexit means understanding the history of English exceptionalism, writes Maurice Earls, editor of ‘Dublin Review of Books’. Anti-Catholicism, maritime expansionism, wartime heroism: the myth of splendid isolation is the common thread. With a hard Brexit looming, however, England may yet come around to the benefits of team-play.

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The situation in Catalonia is unresolved. The Spanish region’s autonomy has been revoked, pending a new regional election in December. Meanwhile, the region’s now-ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, is in Belgium, where he styles himself ‘head of a government in exile’. Daniel Gascón examines where all this leaves the rights of Catalonia’s residents.

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Forwards and forever forgotten

‘Osteuropa’ describes the uses and abuses of 1917; ‘LaPunkt’ prefers Burke; ‘Ord&Bild’ goes in search of lost time; ‘Wespennest suffers the anxiety of inheritance; ‘Mittelweg 36’ historicizes anti-academicism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ looks even further east; ‘Esprit’ welcomes suburban meritocracy; and ‘Symbol’ speaks to a connoisseur of French Theory.

Demostalgia and declinism

‘Transit’ finds inspiration in ‘89 one last time; ‘Arena’ goes out with a bang and a few parting shots; ‘Blätter’ assesses Merkel’s legacy and Macron’s nightmare; ‘Host’ explains Czech anti-westernism; ‘Res Publica Nowa’ discusses links between security and memory; ‘Kultūros barai’ focuses on cultural memory and history politics in Russia; ‘Esprit’ is haunted by postmemory; ‘Vikerkaar’ consults the ancients on dialectics and vegetarianism; ‘dérive’ returns democracy to the city; and ‘Index on Censorship’ puts its ear to the speaker.

A little bit Trump

‘Soundings’ focuses on alt-right discourse and media practice; ‘Varlik’ reports from the front line of Turkey’s culture wars; ‘New Humanist’ examines the semantics of counter-terrorism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ identifies a (nearly-)new species; ‘A2’ re-reads Das Kapital 150 years on; ‘Vagant’ challenges conventional wisdom; and ‘Merkur’ discusses Europe between communio and commercium.

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