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Analyses

On Decolonizing Slavic Studies in Europe and America

“War has uncontrollable consequences”, noted historian Steven Mintz in Inside Higher Education in January 2023.[1] Shortly afterwards in the same journal, Mintz argued that American academic scholarship is stagnating.[2]

Ewa Thompson

20 min

The Significance of the Political Emigration in Polish Politics During the Partition Period

In a small sketch devoted to the significance of the political emigration in Polish politics of the Partition period, one cannot be tempted to recount its history in detail, to mention even its numerous fields of activity, political, journalistic, cultural, charitable, military, or scientific initiatives.

Radosław Żurawski vel Grajewski

15 min

Can We Communicate? On Epistemological Incompatibilities in Contemporary Academic Discourse

In 1990 the American philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre published Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Genealogy, Tradition. The last chapter of this book is titled “Reconceiving the university and the lecture,” and it ends with a proposition: in academic discourse we should “introduce” ourselves before we start speaking.

Ewa Thompson

15 min

The Essence of Things - Hesperialism

In the fifth episode of "The Essence of Things", we discuss the topic of philosophy of history and the concept of hesperialism.

Essays

The nuclear phase-out: The Germans' dogma

Europe is an officially secularised continent. Christianity is seen either as folklore or a disturbing relic. Significantly, the 19th century transformed Western societies in several ways.

Marco Gallina

9 min

Charles III and the Coronation: 'Government of Himself'.

It was TS Eliot who remarked that 'When a term has become so universally sanctified as 'democracy' now is, I begin to wonder whether it means anything, in meaning too many things'.

Brian Patrick Bolger

12 min

Is France in a terminal phase of dechristianisation?

The situation of the Catholic Church in France is particularly worrying. The number of priests has been gradually decreasing for several years. In the early 1960s, there were 41,000 priests in office. In 1995, there were 29,000, and in 2020 half that number, or about 14,000. What is more, half of the French priests are over 75 years old. Every year now between 600 and 700 priests leave, and their departure is far from being compensated for by the few hundred new priests who take up their duties.

Patrick Edery

7 min

China and the New Nomos of the Earth  

The world stands at a paradigm shift; a thunder of meeting, fighting tectonic plates. Vaclav Klaus, in his latest article in 'The Hungarian Conservative' laments the passing of an old order. The move from one epoch to another is reminiscent of Mathew Arnold's poem 'Dover Beach' where the ebbing of the sea of faith had ceased caressing the shores of the world.

Brian Patrick Bolger

10 min

John Paul II – truly necessary authority

The latest attack of the media on Holy Pope John Paul, its intensity, brutality and merciless character, make us ask what the Polish Pope’s figure and memories of him actually mean for the contemporary generation - and what they should mean.

Paweł Skibiński

15 min

Seen from Warsaw, Seen from Brussels: The Echo of the Heidelberg Speech

On 20 March, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gave a very important speech at the University of Heidelberg.[1] It is worth comparing it with President Emmanuel Macron’s speech at the Sorbonne in 2017 and with the address of Chancellor Olaf Scholz at Charles University in Prague at the end of August 2022.

Opinions

Spain turns right and Sánchez calls elections

The local and regional elections held on 28 May marked a turning point in Spanish politics. The most obvious summary is a clear victory of the Right and a debacle of the Left, whose most radical version practically disappears from the institutions.

Álvaro Peñas

6 min

Anglospherical: The Region Report on the Anglosphere - April 2023

As we learnt in the March Region Report on the Anglosphere (LINK), Scotland does not want to be left behind in the race to replace heritage British leaders with those from the former British colonies of Asia.

Vernon Rogers

8 min

Is the end of private cars coming soon?

For better or worse, the car has revolutionised our way of life, drastically changing our relationship with space. I do not intend to take stock of this revolution here and now.

Ferenc Almássy

6 min

Manuel Acosta: “Since the very foundation of Spain, neither Catalonia could be understood without Spain, nor Spain without Catalonia”

Interview with Manuel Acosta Elías, PhD in Hispanic Philology, graduate in Geography and History from the University of Barcelona and VOX MP for Barcelona in the Parliament of Catalonia, where he is the spokesman for the University, Culture and Education Committees.

Álvaro Peñas

10 min

Six great misunderstandings about Russia

To read the thoughts of many French opinion leaders and their supporters on social networks about Russia is to despair of humanity. They base almost all their analyses on misunderstandings that can only lead to erroneous conclusions.

Patrick Edery

7 min

Country Report: Hungary, April 2023

Between 28 and 30 April, Pope Francis travelled to Hungary on an apostolic visit. During that time,  he met with Hungarian leaders, visited the faithful and immigrants, and celebrated a large open-air mass in front of the parliament.

Ferenc Almássy

5 min

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