Great European

Each week PDU presents one Great European.

Great European: Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico (* 10 July 1888 in Volos, Greece; † 20 November 1978 in Rome) was an Italian painter and graphic designer. He is regarded as one of the main representatives of “pintura metafisica”…

Great European of the Week: Maximilien de Robespierre

Radical democrat or proto-totalitarian dictator? James Bartholomeusz examines one of the French Revolution’s most iconic figures.

Great European of the Week: Altiero Spinelli

In the week of the European Parliaments’ elections, we introduce the Italian Altiero Spinelli, one of the founders of the European Union and a federalist. By Welmoed Roeten

Great European of the Week: Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard was born in Denmark, on 5th May 1813. He dedicated his life to writing, using several pseudonyms, which could be quite distinct in style and genre, mainly philosophical traits, aphorisms, novellas, theological reflections…

Great European of the Week: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (born 27th April 1759) was a controversial writer and early women’s rights activist. By Roisin Berghaus

Great European of the Week: Eugène Ionesco

The so-called absurdist movement flourished in Europe after 1945, one of the many and varied intellectual attempts to deal with the political devastation of the early 20th Century. Bearing something of a family resemblance to…

Great European – Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg (b. 5 March 1871, Zamosc, Poland), was a key figure in the Spartacist movement and a leading representative of the left-wing socialist, internationalist and anti-militarist ideology of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD)…

Great European of the Week: Edvard Munch

The painter and graphic artist Edvard Munch is widely known for his contribution as one of the earliest and most formative expressionists. His oeuvre is strongly influenced by the use of psychological themes marked by…

Great European of the Week: Jane Austen

The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the most famous classical romantic novels of all times, Pride and Prejudice. The author of the book, Jane Austen, is one of…

Great European of the Week: Auguste Rodin – Nov 12

Auguste Rodin, born 12 November 1840, is widely known as a sculptor most famous for his works “The Gates of Hell,” “The Burghers of Calais,” and “The Age of Bronze.” Born in Paris, Rodin faced dejection…