Guido van Hengel

Guido van Hengel is a writer and historian. He studied in Groningen, Jena and Belgrade, and in 2014 he published The Days of Gavrilo Princip, a cultural history of a generation of young revolutionaries on the eve of the Great War. He obtained his doctorate cum laude from the University of Groningen with a thesis on Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia).

The Prophets of Europe

The Prophets of Europe

Visions of the Future from a Lost Continent

(Ambo Anthos, 2018, 312 pages)

Once upon a time, Europe was not despised as a bureaucratic monstrosity, but praised as a noble ideal. In this book the author narrates how, in the early decades of the twentieth century, a number of intellectuals from across Europe united in a ‘blood bond of European geniuses’. Together they spun fantasies of a world order that would transcend the reigning ideologies of liberalism, socialism, fascism and nationalism. Meanwhile, darkness was descending on the continent.

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