Tag Archives: #GreatEuropean

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: Marcus Aurelius

Both holder of one of the most powerful offices in European history and one of the ancient world’s greatest ethicists, Marcus Aurelius should be an example to today’s political leaders.

Great European of the Week: William of Orange

England in the seventeenth century was a deeply Protestant country. When discontent and fear of an absolute, Catholic monarchy reached their apex with the birth of James Edward Stuart in 1688 – the possibility of…

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: Sophie Scholl

Sophie Magdalena Scholl was born 9th May 1921 in Fortchenberg am Kocher. The third five children, she enjoyed a childhood that was marked by the Lutheran and humanistic education of her parents Robert and Magdalena….

Great European of the Week: Richard Wagner

Europe saw the 19th century as the era of significant changes both in politics, technology, economy and culture. This was the age of great people who dared to dream and think differently. So did Richard…

Great European of the Week: Johannes Gutenberg

In his 1858 manuscript Grundrisse, Karl Marx asks, “Do not the song and saga of the muse necessarily come to an end with the printer’s bar, hence do not the necessary conditions of epic poetry vanish?”. Whether right or wrong about anything else, the…

Great European of the Week: Mark Antony

Of all the empires of Europe, it is the Roman that has found the most lasting fascination among subsequent generations. There is indeed something of an epic quality handed down from the Hellenistic world, and one…

Great European of the Week: Simone de Beauvoir

Feminist, philosopher, essayist and fictional writer, Simone de Beauvoir stands among the greatest figures in 20th Century Europe. Born on 9th January 1908 to a middle-class Catholic family in Paris, her studies in mathematics and…

Great European of the Week: Ödön von Horváth

Ödön von Horváth, also known as Edmund Josef von Horváth (born 9 December 1901 in Fiume, died 1 June 1938 in Paris) was a novelist and playwright most famous for his Youth without God, Tales…