Those other nations of Europe may maintain that they have at heart a common aim and a common ideal. In fact they are divided among themselves by a thousand interests, territorial or other. Each pulls his own way with ever-growing determination. It would seem that every individual nation aspires to the discovery of the universal ideal for humanity, and is bent on attaining that ideal by force of its own unaided strength. Hence, each European nation is an enemy to its own welfare and that of the world in general.
— Julius Bramont (summarizing Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s views on Europe)
in Dostoyevsky, F. The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia
(Kindle Locations 29-32)