A new issue of European Countryside is out. The first chapter from How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times by Peter S. Wells. From Ireland’s Look Left, whose decade is it anyway? Donal Fallon looks ahead to the upcoming decade of centenaries and wonders how and who they will be celebrated by. Is socialism taking over France, again? Alice L. Conklin wonders. A shocking pamphlet: Robert Zaretsky wonders if French intellectuals have failed to make a stand in the affaire Millet. Were Vikings really dirty who wore horned helmets, or did they look like we do today? Glocal democracy in embryo: Thierry Baudouin, Michele Collin, Arnaud Le Marchand on the pioneering role of European harbour cities. Learning from Liechtenstein: Why should a tiny alpine nation nestled between the Swiss and Austrian Alps with a population of only 35,000 spread over 62 square miles, no airport, one hospital, 155 miles of paved roadway, and only irregular local train service be taken seriously by anyone? Jane Everson highlights the social networks of the Italian academies, the first of their kind in Renaissance Europe. How Eurocentric is your day? M. Shahid Alam investigates.

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