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Prague – Martyrs and Modernity

In Prague recently on a tour for my latest book, Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, [University of California Press, 2010] it has been interesting to witness the remarkable events in Egypt and Tunisia from the land of the Velvet Revolution, with many people all over the […]

The Czech Spirit of Rebellion

History has made the fall of communism in Europe over the autumn and winter of 1989 seem inevitable. But that’s not how it felt to the courageous Czechoslovak students, who, just days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, took advantage of an officially-sanctioned International Student Day to push for democratic reform in the capital […]

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