Lessons of the East (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Lessons of the East (Tomislav Sunic)

Transitions has shed new light on the political landscape of post-communist Eastern Europe. But I hope you will devote more space to the role of national and collective memories in the region, such as national myths–including World War II body counts–and self-fulfilling fantasies of purportedly ever-affluent Western Europe. You should also bear in mind the […]

The Ghost of Islam in the Balkans (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
The Ghost of Islam in the Balkans (Tomislav Sunic)

In the historical memory of Central and Eastern European peoples, the words “Muslim” and “Islam” often evoke images of terror and violence. Derided by leftist and liberal intellectuals as “xenophobic,” these negative images are still associated with the Turks and their centuries-long military incursions into the heart of Europe. Even the verbal derivatives of the […]

Ten European Years (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Ten European Years (Tomislav Sunic)

Great expectations that Europe, ten years after the signature of the historic Maastricht treaty, will become a flawless union, are boundless illusions. It is not yet clear to the European political class whether the new European order will have the label of federal units or the hallmark of sovereign states. In view of the unavoidable […]

Quest For The Opulent West (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Quest For The Opulent West (Tomislav Sunic)

Catching up with the West is the big dream of all post-communist countries in Eastern Europe. This dream transpires through imported liberal slogans such as “transition,” “integration” and “market democracy” aired daily on all local TV and radio wavelengths. This rhetorical switch from former socialist command economy to capitalist market economy appears to East European […]

Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (Tomislav Sunic)

With the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine to Christianity, the period of pagan Europe began to approach its end. During the next millennium the entire European continent came under the sway of the Gospel-sometimes by peaceful persuasion, frequently by forceful conversion. Those who were yesterday the persecuted of the ancient Rome became, in turn, […]

Letter From Belgium : The Coming Belgoslavia? (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Letter From Belgium : The Coming Belgoslavia?  (Tomislav Sunic)

What was meant to grow separately cannot last long as an artificial whole. This prehistoric wisdom seems to be forgotten by advocates of multiculturalism-which is just a misleading euphemism for polyethnism and multiracialism. The unpredictable side of multiracial conviviality seems to be deliberately overlooked by political elites in multiethnic and multiracial Belgium, a miniscule country […]

Intellectual Terrorism (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Intellectual Terrorism (Tomislav Sunic)

The modern thought police is hard to spot, as it often seeks cover under soothing words such as “democracy” and “human rights.” While each member state of the European Union likes to show off the beauties of its constitutional paragraph, seldom does it attempt to talk about the ambiguities of its criminal code. Last year, […]

A Global Village and the Rights of the Peoples? (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
A Global Village and the Rights of the Peoples? (Tomislav Sunic)

The great conflicts of the future will no longer pit left against right, or East against West, but the forces of nationalism and regionalism against the credo of universal democracy. The lofty ideal of the global village seems to be stumbling over the renewed rise of East European separatism, whose aftershocks may soon spill over […]

America in the Eyes of Eastern Europe (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
America in the Eyes of Eastern Europe (Tomislav Sunic)

While a massive amount of both critical and laudatory literature on America is circulating in western Europe, only a few critical books on America and the American way of life can be found in today’s postcommunist eastern Europe. This essay is my attempt to add to that literature. Before attempting to tackle this complex subject […]

Emile Cioran and the Culture of Death (Tomislav Sunic)

by Doug Vance (July 27th, 1970)
Emile Cioran and the Culture of Death (Tomislav Sunic)

Historical pessimism and the sense of the tragic are recurrent motives in European literature. From Heraclitus to Heidegger, from Sophocles to Schopenhauer, the exponents of the tragic view of life point out that the shortness of human existence can only be overcome by the heroic intensity of living. The philosophy of the tragic is incompatible […]