Tomislav Sunic

Tomislav Sunic, a writer and former Croat diplomat, resides in Europe.

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  • June 2002

    The Ghost of Islam in the Balkans

    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.

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  • April 2002

    The Coming Belgoslavia?

    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.

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  • December 2000

    Changing of the Guard

    The birth of modern Croatia was closely tied to the paternalistic image of one man: Franjo Tudjman. A self-described nationalist and anticommunist, Tudjman ruled over Croatia for ten years until his death in December 1999.

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  • March 1999

    Sixty-Eighters

    From the United States to France, from Germany to England, the post-World War II generation is now running the show. They have traded in their jeans and sneakers for political power.

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  • November 1998

    The Maastricht Mystique

    Even an expert must be mystified by the legal structures of the European Union Parliament and the European Commission. The EU Parliament has roughly 620 deputies, elected every five years from 15 Western European states.

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  • March 1998

    The Crime of History

    He who writes a nation's history also controls its future—so wrote George Orwell. During the Soviet reign over Eastern Europe, every citizen knew who was in charge of writing history, especially that dealing with the victims of World War II.

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  • July 1997

    Eastern Europe's Suicide Pact

    Eastern Europeans are plagued by provincialism: they believe that everything coming from the West must intrinsically be good. Yesterday, the intellectual fashion, spreading from Berkeley to the University of Vincennes in France, consisted of regurgitating the dogma of Yugoslav "self-management" and learning the catechism of "socialism with a human face."

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  • October 1996

    The Right Stuff Drugs and Democracy

    Morphine is said to be good for people subject to severe depressions, or even pessimism. Although the drug first surfaced in a laboratory at the end of the last century, its basis, opium, had been used earlier by many aristocratic and reactionary thinkers.

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  • May 1996

    The Eurobalkan Basketcase

    To place equal blame on the Serbs and Croats for the tragedy in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina appears to be an exercise in academic self-righteousness.

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  • July 1995

    Homo Sovieticus Lives On

    To the old popular proverb, "The only good communist is a dead communist," we should perhaps now add: "Once a communist, forever a communist." Although as a muscled ideology communism is dead, as a way of life it is still very much alive.

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  • November 1994

    Glamour, Glitter, Glitz, and Glory

    Nobody can deny that the videosphere has completely devoured the graphosphere. The one-dimensional surreal world has hijacked the three-dimensional real world. The CNN and ABC networks in America, the French TF1 and TF2, have totally displaced books and journals.

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  • July 1994

    The Divine Left vs. the New Right

    This time around, the divine left is definitely short of ideological change. Once upon a recent time it went to sleep with uncle Stalin; much later, it began to yawn with the revisionist Trotsky, Mao, and Tito; today, it is noisily waking up to the tune of politically correct liberalism.

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  • The Yugoslav Mythology
    August 1993

    The Yugoslav Mythology

    One must agree with Georges Sorel that political myths have a long and durable life. For 74 years the Yugoslav state drew its legitimacy from the spirit of Versailles and Yalta, as well as from the Serb-inspired pan-Slavic mythology.

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  • The New Right of the Old World
    February 1993

    The New Right of the Old World

    Intellectual conservatism in Europe began its odyssey with Donoso Cortes in the 19th century, only to end its shipwrecked voyage a century later with Oswald Spengler.

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  • The Decline and Splendor of Nationalism
    January 1992

    The Decline and Splendor of Nationalism

    No political phenomenon can be so creative and so destructive as nationalism. Nationalism can be a metaphor for the supreme truth but also an allegory for the nostalgia of death.

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  • August 1991

    What Is Right?

    Many ambiguities continue to surround the term "right." A century after the word entered the jargon of party politics, and forty-five years after the military defeat of fascism, there is still no comprehensive theory of the right.

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  • July 1991

    Exodus From the East

    Until recently everybody thought that the threat of the Soviet Union lay in its strength; today everybody wisely claims it lies in its weakness. For almost a century the sheer weight and size of the communist monolith made us shudder with fear.

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  • May 1991

    The Gulf Grisis in Europe

    Whatever may be the outcome of the crisis in the Gulf, one thing is already certain: European intellectuals will no longer be polarized along ideological lines, but divided along geopolitical fault lines.

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  • A Global Village or the Rights of the Peoples?
    January 1991

    A Global Village or the Rights of the Peoples?

    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.

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