Poland wants to sit at Europe‚Äôs big table, but Poles have learned to be critical, ironic and contrarian, in defiance of politics. After turning his interest toward Central Europe in the 1980s, the late Tony Judt decided to learn Czech. Why not Polish? Judt, one of the most thought-provoking historians of the 20th century, responded […]
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From lightning over the Tatras to the growing firs on the slopes of Kriv√°Ňą¬†Mountain, the Slovak anthem praises the rugged beauty of this country in¬†the heart of Europe that many travelers have yet to explore.
Wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia and Slovenia oscillate between the desire for more togetherness and the borders in people’s minds Many things unite Slovenia and Croatia, the two former socialist republics of Yugoslavia that...
empire republic austria reborn
As the Habsburg Empire entered the final year of the Great War, the future seemed wide open. A turbulent century followed. On a pleasant summer’s day in July of 1977, several dozen people gathered in the Cemetery of St. George, in Geneva, for ...
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With a rocky history behind them, Czechs never had it so good ‚Ästand they secretly know, despite all the grumbling. Czechs are a bit obsessed with¬†years ending in ‚Äú8‚ÄĚ ‚Äď and the¬†history of the 20th century has¬†given them plenty of reasons.¬†The start w...
Slovenia
From snowy peaks to frothing waves, for the Slovenes, transition is a state of being by Faris Końćan & Kaja Primorac The Republic of Slovenia is one of the youngest countries in Europe, but like its neighbors in Central Europe, it has a lo...
austrian republic
Austria’s path from the heart of an empire to a resilient republic was a stony one. It’s the story of a country finding its identity. The Great War had begun with banners flying, with proud young soldiers in crisp uniforms marching off to hero...
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