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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Libraries

UCL European Institute

Libraries


See below for information on UCL libraries and others in the immediate vicinity which hold specialised resources for the study of Europe and the European Union. Note that the Director of UCL Library Services, Paul Ayris, is also the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), which has 400 member libraries across Europe.

UCL Library
UCL Library Services is divided across all sites in the UCL campus, many of which are in Bloomsbury. There are 16 different libraries, and these libraries share or plan to share a common catalogue. All users of UCL Library Services have access to all UCL libraries. The largest single collection of materials for European studies is contained in the UCL Main Library, which contains material relating to the Arts and Humanities, History, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

UCL Special Collections
UCL Special Collections contains UCL's holding of rare books, manuscripts and archives which form UCL's most valuable holdings from a cultural and academic perspective. It is one of the foremost collections held by any university in the UK.

For libraries and archives across Europe holding specialised resources for the study of the EU, as well as extensive online resources, please see our EU Resource Area.

Libraries List


UCL SSEES Library
This library, housed in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, is one of the leading collections for reaching and research in the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Its collections comprise almost 400,000 printed volumes, two thirds of which are on Open Access, and extensive archive and audiovisual holdings.

The British Library
The British Library, one of the world's great research libraries, holds over 150 million books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. Located in Euston Road, it is within 20 minutes walk of UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Senate House Library and University of London Research Library Services
All UCL students on degree courses, and all UCL staff, have full access to Senate House Library. This library, along with the Institute libraries of the School of Advanced Studies, have very important research collections in the Arts and Humanities.

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Europeana Travel
Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. 

It will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.

UCL's close involvement with Europeana includes liaising with partner libraries across Europe and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana. In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of its School of Slavonic and East European Languages.