Skip to content Skip to navigation

News from Europe

Regional News from Stanford University - Europe

News Item Technology provides insight into Voltaire and his social networks

Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the social networking platforms that are popular today. With a simple click, you can “friend” or “connect” with just about anybody in the world, but there was a time not too long ago when this wasn’t the case. In contrast, putting pen to paper and writing letters has been a way to communicate with others for hundreds of years. However, technology has added a new element to how humanities scholars study letters and texts.

News Item Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete explain record uplift

Research by Tiziana Vanorio finds that fiber-reinforced rocks beneath Italy’s dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved building materials.

News Item Poor Economic Planning at Root of Greece's Woes

Professor John B. Taylor says that Greece's best approach to its damaged economy is to radically change its economic policy in a pro-growth direction. He suggests making it easier to start up new businesses, while holding the line on tax increases and reducing governmental influence in the economy.

News Item Saumitra Jha: How Financial Innovation Helped Start the English Civil War (and Why That’s Important Today)

In the mid-1600s, something revolutionary happened in England: Parliament rose up against King Charles I, leading to a violent civil war that cost upward of 200,000 people their lives and Charles his head. The result was the establishment of what is now one of the world’s most enduring representative governments, a model that the United States and many other nations followed.

News Item Walmart CEO: Waiting for Consensus “Can Kill You”

Everything Walmart does is big. It employs some 2.2 million people in 27 countries, has 11,453 stores, and rang up sales of $485.7 billion during the last fiscal year. Just a few years ago, it had approximately 120,000 items in each Supercenter, but now that the Bentonville, Arkansas, retailer is moving to online sales, its inventory and supply chain is growing larger still.