Recent political turbulence has led many commentators to look back to previous historical periods as they try to understand what is happening and predict what may come next. To compare the US President to a Roman emperor, the EU to the Holy Roman Empire (or even, for some, the USSR), or current tendencies towards populism and intolerance to the events of the 1930s can provide new, insightful perspectives. But does it risk underplaying the differences between then and now? Should we focus on the unique characteristics of the contemporary world, or are those who forget the past doomed to repeat it?
Our final Policy Picnic of the summer will be an informal discussion of these interesting issues, so come along and share your views - there's no need to be a history specialist!
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