Dr Alfonso J. García-Osuna is a professor at Hofstra University in the United States. In this article he describes the unexpected resurgence of nationalism, a revival that is irreconcilable with the prognoses of well-known intellectuals. This “ideological poison”, as German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has portrayed nationalism, is experiencing a popularity not seen since the 1930’s. The dangers posed by this resurgence are best explained by George Santayana’s famous dictum: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova tells the story of her life in Moscow, which she calls “a lucky life”. She documents her family history and shares her earliest memories from 1941, her wartime experiences, and her path to the present as President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Ireland’s Great Famine, “Gorta Mór”, had far-reaching effects for the Irish population in the mid-nineteenth century, leading millions to migrate in search of a better future. As part of a documentary film project, Dr Ian Michael, Fokiya Akhtar and Dr Michael R. Ogden explore the journey made by Dr Michael’s own ancestor, John Footman, from rural Cork to Madras, India.
From suicide cults and self mortification to the worship of benevolent cultic figures such as Jizo and Amida, Professor Stuart D. B. Picken looks at the ways in which Buddhism in Japan provided a metaphysic of death that enabled the people to endure the hardships of life in the hope of a better hereafter, in Part 8 of “Death in the Japanese Tradition”.