To and for Europe

gates of europeThe Gates of Europe. A History of Ukraine. By: Serhii Plokhy. Publisher: Basic Books, New York, NY USA, 2015.

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A perversion of soft power

VanHerpenA Review of Putin’s Propaganda Machine. Soft power and Russian foreign policy. By: Marcel Van Herpen. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2016. 

 

In July 2009, a few months after the inauguration of US President Barack Obama, a letter was published to the new American president in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Signed by current and former heads of states and leading intellectuals from Central and Eastern Europe, the letter was meant to be a warning to the new American administration. Despite the success of the region’s rapprochement with the West, the authors felt there was still much work to be done. “20 years after the end of the Cold War,” the authors wrote, “we see that Central and Eastern Europe … is a part of the world that Americans have largely stopped worrying about.” They cautioned it was too premature to “assume that the region's transatlantic orientation, as well as its stability and prosperity, would last forever.”

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A theory of self and human existence

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A review of Initiation and preservation: Modes of cultural philosophy By: Arūnas Sverdiolas. Publisher: Nova Science: Hauppauge, New York, USA, 2015.

 

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On the aesthetics of a post-apocalyptic world

ziemowit-szczerek-tatuaz-z-tryzubem-wydawnictwo-czarne-2015-11-18This is not another book on the Maidan and its bastard children, and thank God it is not. It is a passage regarding a Ukraine that has resisted political change over the past few years as much as it has resisted any transformation for the past centuries or even millennia.

 

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The battle for a new awareness

batalionA review of Батальонъ (Battalion),  a film directed by Dmitriy Meshiev. Russia, 2015.

 

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