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  • Preview of VoegelinView for March 2017

    February 26, 2017

    To recognize the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, VoegelinView will focus on Russia and Eastern Europe for March 2017.  Features will be published Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and occasionally on the weekend. The topics include Putin, the United States and Russia, the Russian Empire, the post-communist…

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  • The Russian Empire: The Amber Room

    February 25, 2017

    The original Amber Room was in the Catherine Palace: it was a chamber with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors.  It was created from 1701 to 1709 for the Prussian King Wilhelm I, who in turn gave it to Peter the Great (r. 1694-1725) in…

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  • The Russian Empire: Major Accomplishments

    February 24, 2017

    The Russian Empire was one of the largest empires in the world, spanning almost 14 square miles (36 million sq km) across eastern portion of Europe and the continent of Asia. The Russian Empire’s population was 170 million people of over 100 different ethnic and religious backgrounds.…

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  • The Disintegration of Traditional Civilizations

    February 22, 2017

    In the summer issue of 1993 the journal Foreign Affairs published an article by Samuel Huntington under the title “The Clash of Civilizations?” whose themes he enlarged in 1996 in the book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Contrary to his predictions, this…

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  • A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century

    February 20, 2017

    A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. William F. Buckley with James Rosen, ed. New York: Crown Forum, 2016.   James Rosen provides the reader with a selection of obituaries written by William F. Buckley for National Review. The cast of characters memorialized include…

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  • Gnostic Wars: Islamic Terrorism, Positive Toleration, and How the Ideological Dynamics of the War on Terrorism Are Advantaging the Terrorists

    February 17, 2017

    Introduction The American debate regarding the policy needed to combat the dangers posed by immigration from nations who are currently hotbeds of Islamic radicalization is presently being vociferously fought.  This debate recently culminated with an Executive Order by President Trump that suspended travel from seven such nations…

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  • The Two Sides of the Same Coin: Political Realism and Political Philosophy

    February 15, 2017

    If you have the privilege, or assigned job, teaching a course on the ‘History of Political Thought’, you might think that most students of political science would be interested in the course. But it is not the case at all. If you were to ask them why…

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  • Political Realism and Wisdom

    February 13, 2017

    Political Realism and Wisdom. András Lánczi. New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2015.  P. 211.   András Lánczi’s latest English publication, Political Realism and Wisdom, consists of seven chapters, bookended by a short preface and conclusion, all loosely bound by the large-order themes of the work’s title. The…

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To recognize the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, VoegelinView will focus on Russia and Eastern Europe for March 2017.  Features will be published Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and occasionally on the weekend. The topics include Putin, the United States and Russia, the Russian Empire, the post-communist world; an examination of Poland and the Ukraine and their geopolitical relations with…

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Amber Room Russia

The original Amber Room was in the Catherine Palace: it was a chamber with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors.  It was created from 1701 to 1709 for the Prussian King Wilhelm I, who in turn gave it to Peter the Great (r. 1694-1725) in 1716 to form a Prussian-Russian alliance against Sweden.  The Amber Room remained there…

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Russia Volgograd

The Russian Empire was one of the largest empires in the world, spanning almost 14 square miles (36 million sq km) across eastern portion of Europe and the continent of Asia.
The Russian Empire’s population was 170 million people of over 100 different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
The Russian Empire emerged as one of the great world powers and played a leading…

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In the summer issue of 1993 the journal Foreign Affairs published an article by Samuel Huntington under the title “The Clash of Civilizations?” whose themes he enlarged in 1996 in the book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Contrary to his predictions, this clash has not taken place because the seven or eight civilizations that he…

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A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. William F. Buckley with James Rosen, ed. New York: Crown Forum, 2016.
 
James Rosen provides the reader with a selection of obituaries written by William F. Buckley for National Review. The cast of characters memorialized include significant political figures, family, entertainers and artists, friends, and friends who were political adversaries.
It is…

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Introduction
The American debate regarding the policy needed to combat the dangers posed by immigration from nations who are currently hotbeds of Islamic radicalization is presently being vociferously fought.  This debate recently culminated with an Executive Order by President Trump that suspended travel from seven such nations to improve vetting measures.  Six of the nations included in the Order are amongst…

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If you have the privilege, or assigned job, teaching a course on the ‘History of Political Thought’, you might think that most students of political science would be interested in the course. But it is not the case at all. If you were to ask them why you think that this course is mandatory for them, there would likely/inevitably be…

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Political Realism and Wisdom. András Lánczi. New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2015.  P. 211.
 
András Lánczi’s latest English publication, Political Realism and Wisdom, consists of seven chapters, bookended by a short preface and conclusion, all loosely bound by the large-order themes of the work’s title. The manner in which the two threads are separated and collected—the dialectic, as it were, between…

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Chehkov

Physician, playwright, philander, short story author, and prison reform advocate, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904) lived a life full of paradoxes. He had a religious education but became an atheist; he wrote literature initially for money for which he later became immortalized; he was trained as a physician but treated peasants without pay; he was promiscuous as a bachelor only to…

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Mohammed D. Cherkaoui Enlightenment Arab Muslim Islam

What Is Enlightenment? Continuity or Rupture in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings. Mohammed D. Cherkaoui, ed. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2016.
Among the three projects of modernity in conflict with each other – capitalist democracy, communism-socialism, and extremist nationalism – only the first survived into the twenty-first century. Capitalist democracy is today the unrivaled form of modernity in the world and…

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