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The Balkans Between Competing Poles

MADRID – Few world regions are more culturally and politically complex than the Balkans. And there may be no clearer illustration of the region’s freighted past and present than the life and legacy of one of its exceptional sons: the physicist and inventor Nikola Tesla.

Born into an Orthodox Serbian family in 1856 in a town that is now part of Croatia, Tesla’s nationality remains an object of debate in the region.

Project Syndicate logo 1a LLLLLLTesla believed that scientific advances should be used to build bridges between countries, and ultimately to achieve universal peace. But there are some in…

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