Henri Beunders (b. 1953) describes himself as ‘an historian of mentalities, dealing with the silent changes and open conflicts’. He studied history at the University of Amsterdam and worked for Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad before becoming a lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His current post is as Professor of Developments in Public Opinion. He has written many books including From Exaltation to Exorcism: Reflections on Dutch arts, (Multi) Culture, Memory and Public Taboos, The Imagination of the World and The World as Imagination, and How Much Right Does Emotion Have?