Entries by Christopher Silver

Part Two: A long time gone, memory and mining from Silesia to the Ruhr


“During the industrial era people were forced to endure long and bitter conflicts in their struggle to participate in the political system…It remains to be seen whether the transformation of traditional industrial societies will be accompanied by a regress of democratic structures or whether progress towards more democracy is already culturally anchored and irreversible.”

How Scotland Can Escape the ‘Great Car Economy’


Roads to Nowhere: can Scotland Escape the ‘Great Car Economy?’ The use of the term “movement” to describe mass political organisation has its origins in the mid-19th century. At a time when enormous industrial growth had created a vogue for speed and motion, the metaphorical link to transport was clear. Amidst all those new railways, steam packets ploughing the oceans,...