In this research stream, the Erasmus Forum will investigate particular moments of systemic disorder that occurred in countries, nations and societies. This will be done by drawing on the expertise of historians, political analysts, behavioural psychologists, economists and writers of imaginative literature as well as novelists, essayists and critics.
This series will often take its inspiration from contemporary events - moments that are now regarded as being of historical importance, for either good or ill, in the history of humanity. Some of the moments of crisis destroyed, often with an unimaginable rapidity, structures of human existence that had been built up over centuries.
Other crises, though no less testing, were otherwise surmounted either through luck or through good judgement. Those societies had the capacity to respond creatively to catastrophe.
In all these case studies, the Forum will show how a real understanding of these crises - which could occasionally be opportunities, too - can only be gained if we appreciate the ways in which all aspects of a society's life reflected a common tension.
In the first of these historical exercises, the Forum looked at the summer of love - the year that was culturally creative, politically turbulent and in which the nature of Britain's post-war economic malady was discerned for the first time.