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BOGDAN RADICA – AN EXAMPLE OF DEFENDING THE IDEA OF DEMOCRACY IN CROATIAN EMIGRATION

Ivan Smiljanić orcid id orcid.org/0000-0003-4926-3162 ; doktorand Filozofskoga fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu


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Abstract

Abstract
This paper, from the point of view of intellectual history and history of ideas, explores catholic in- tellectual Bogdan Radica, supporter of ideas of democracy and parliamentarism and certainly one of the most prominent representatives of the Croatian political emigration after 1945. Consequen- tial about anti-fascism and anti-communism, because of his general anti-totalitarian attitude, he firmly advocated the need to defend liberal democracy, civil and national freedom from the onslaught of totalitarian ideologies, as well as the right of the Croatian people to self-determination and the independent Croatian state, in accordance with anti-totalitarian attitude. Such views on that matter will be particularly visible in the so far insufficiently themed period of his life as a university professor of history, as well as in his frequent contacts with intellectuals, which will prompt accusations that he belonged to some Masonic lodge. The example of Bogdan Radica, as a liberal-democratically committed Croatian political emigrant, is especially relevant today in the time of repeated attacks on the values of a democratic society and the Croatian nation state.

Keywords

Bogdan Radica; Fascism; Communism; National Socialism; Democracy; Nationali- sm; Liberalism; Emigration.

Hrčak ID:

278760

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/278760

Publication date:

3.6.2022.

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