Annus mirabilis, annus horribilis

31/12/1999


From euforia to despondency: rarely has the collective state of mind experienced such an extraordinary mutation in a single year. What began as an annus mirabilis for a nation that confidently readied itself for the fifth centenary of the discovery of America (or of the encounter or cultures, to use terms more in keeping with these times of political correctness) ended as an annus horribilis, and not only for England’s royal family, which put the term in circulation (after the fire of Windsor Castle and the separation of the Prince of Wales, who also then abandoned his classicist crusade), but for Europe as a whole, and certainly for our country...[+]


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