Category: Essay

RELIGION – A CHAPTER FROM RUSSIA, 1934

The gaze is struck by a church spire on practically every corner, not just downtown but in the shabbiest outskirts, where the tiny wooden houses squat low, almost submerged in the mud. High above the battered roofs, the innumerable gilded globes glisten in the sun with a purplish glint like

THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONSERVATISM

A Book Review* The term conservatism appears with an increasing frequency in the European political rhetoric and media discourse; and this is equally true of the public life of those nations with or without conservative parties. But the term is often used incorrectly. It is not enough that sometimes speakers

INTRODUCTION TO BÉKÁSSY’S “FAREWELL TO THE APOSTLES”

When last year I was interviewed by Radio Kossuth about Ferenc Békássy, one of the questions concerned the chances of finding any still unknown manuscripts by the young Anglo-Hungarian poet who died at the age of 22 in the First World War. At the time I said I thought this

ON THE TRANSLATIONS OF FERENC RÁKÓCZI II’S CONFESSIO PECCATORIS AND MEMOIRES

ON THE TRANSLATIONS OF FERENC RÁKÓCZI II’S CONFESSIO PECCATORIS AND MEMOIRS* Bernard Adams’ English translation of Ferenc Rákóczi II’s two major literary works definitely fills a niche in research on 18th-century Central European literature as this is the first time that Rákóczi’s Confessio peccatoris and Memoirs (Mémoires) have become accessible

ON YORAM HAZONY’S THE VIRTUE OF NATIONALISM

Yoram Hazony’s book1 has found many sympathetic readers – myself among them – and has been deservedly praised by reviewers. I have a personal reason to think highly of the book. Over the last decades, we have been living in Europe in the grips of a political orthodoxy that brooks

GEOPOLITICS AND WORLD TRADE

Geopolitics and global commerce, otherwise referred to simply as “flag and trade” – these are what shape the world. The flag is in fact the sovereign state, the political power and military force that is mustered behind it, and which it embodies; this is why the term flag refers both