The fifth issue of “The Herald of Europe” offers the following themes to our readers.
In the first section entitled “The Contemporary Section. Life”, the article “The Twentieth Member of NATO?” written by Yuri Davidov (Ph. D History), analyses the processes of integration and rapprochement between Russia and Europe, the prospects of unified Europe and the philosophical aspect of the processes in the continent of Europe.
The problem of European security from the Russians’ standpoint is at the centre of Tatiana Parkhalina’s article “European Security: Myths and Reality’’. The author attempts to elaborate on the strategy of improving Russia’s relations with Euro-Atlantic institutions in the field of security.
Most of the section is dedicated to the “round-table” debates of experts from the post-Yugoslav countries. Thanks to the efforts of Alla Yazkova (International Relations Editor at “The Herald of Europe”), these debates encompass the problems occurring in these newly emerged countries; the political, social and economic perspectives of the Balkans region; the European vision of the region and the possibilities for its further development.
In “The Contemporary Archive” we have published the final documents from the Russia-US high-level talks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as from the Russia-EU and Russia-NATO summits held in Moscow and Rome.
In the “Literature” section, the Yugoslav theme is continued with the publication of a chapter from Svetlana Velmar-Yankovich’s novel “ The Country Nowhere”. In addition, A. Alekhin’s poems and the prosaic fragments of “Commemoration for Oneself” by Yuri Vronski occupy special places in the type pages of our journal. A selection of poems from Irina Lisnyanskaya’s new book “In the suburbs of Sodom” (2001-2002) is accompanied by Irina Slyusareva’s debut essay as a literary critic “Nostalgia for flying”. This section is concluded with sonnets of Giuseppe Gioakino Belli translated from the original Italian by Eugene Solonovich, and also E. Popov’s short novel “The Old Man and the Well”.
The third section of our journal introduces to our readers Alexander Kozhev’s previously unpublished text “Colonialism from a European standpoint” prefaced with A. Rutkevich’s essay “Pax Europeana”. The publication of this is dedicated to the centenary of A. Kozhev’s birth. Also published here are the arguments of Father Georgiy Chistyakov on Christianity as a spiritual tradition and two of Rudolph Bultman’s articles. The first of these, “Christianity as Eastern and Western Religion”, surrounds Christian traditions in the Eastern and Western cultures; and the second, “The German People and Israel”, discusses the relationship issues between the people of Israel and Germany.
In her article “Global and Local”, which opens the fourth section of the issue, Ekaterina Genieva, co-founder of our journal, considers the world and libraries after the events of 11th September. Cultural centres in the Russian capital, their originality and variety, guiding lines and destiny, have prompted the subject of Irina Prokhorova’s research “The Power of the Centre”. Photo-artist Gottfried Helnvein’s creative work is narrated in Dmitri Volchek’s review “The Birth Trauma”. Diana Vidra’s review essay is dedicated to Austrian culture. The 2002 Avignon and Edinburgh festivals are exclusively highlighted for us by R. Dolzhansky. V. Glazychev’s essay on cities and their images “Hunters of Eternity” and Natalia Isaeva’s report on London surrealist exhibitions enrich the “Culture” section of this issue. Peter Barenboim’s “Tender Assumption, Florence in Moscow”, an essay by Eugene Berezner and Itrina Chmyrjova on Russian pictorialists and also the European club discussion with Israeli judge H. Ben-Ito complete the picture of this issue.
The final pages of our journal are dedicated to reviews, to a report on the celebrations of the
“Day of Europe” in the Hermitage Garden (Moscow, May, 31) and to supplementary information.