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Coca-Cola Socialism: Americanization of Yugoslav Culture in the Sixties
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Coca-Cola Socialism: Americanization of Yugoslav Culture in the Sixties

by Radina Vucetic
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Exploring theater practices in communist and post-communist Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, this book analyzes intertextuality or inter-theatricality as a political strategy, designed to criticize contemporary political conditions while at the same time trying to circumvent censorship. In the Soviet bloc the theater of the absurd, experimentation, irony, and intertextual distancing ...
Subversive Stages: Theater in Pre- and Post-Communist Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria
Exploring theater practices in communist and post-communist Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, this book analyzes intertextuality or inter-theatricality as a political strategy, designed to criticize contemporary political conditions while at the same time trying to circumvent censorship. In the Soviet bloc the theater of the absurd, experimentation, irony, and intertextual distancing (estrangement) were much more than mere aesthetic language games, but were planned political strategies that used indirection to say what could not be said directly. Plays by Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian dramatists are examined, who are retrofitting the past by adapting the political crimes and horrifying tactics of totalitarianism to the classical theatre (with Shakespeare a favorite) to reveal the region's traumatic history. By the sustained analysis of the aesthetic devices used as political tools, Orlich makes a very strong case for the continued relevance of the theater as one of the subtlest media in the public sphere. She embeds her close readings in a thorough historical analysis and displays a profound knowledge of the political role of theater history.
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58.01 USD

Subversive Stages: Theater in Pre- and Post-Communist Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria

by Ileana Alexandra Orlich
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The ever-growing library on the history of eugenics and fascism focuses largely on nation-states, while Georgescu asks why an ethnic minority, the German-speaking Transylvanian Saxons, turned to eugenics as a means of self-empowerment in inter-war Romania. The Eugenic Fortress examines the eugenic movement that emerged in the early twentieth century, ...
The Eugenic Fortress: The Transylvanian Saxon Experiment in Interwar Romania
The ever-growing library on the history of eugenics and fascism focuses largely on nation-states, while Georgescu asks why an ethnic minority, the German-speaking Transylvanian Saxons, turned to eugenics as a means of self-empowerment in inter-war Romania. The Eugenic Fortress examines the eugenic movement that emerged in the early twentieth century, and focuses on its conceptual and methodological evolution during this turbulent period. Further on, the book analyzes the gradual process of radicalising and politicization by a second generation of Saxon eugenicists in conjunction with the rise of an equally indigenous fascist movement. The Saxon case-study offers valuable insights into why an ethnic minority would seek to re-entrench itself behind the race-hygienic walls of a 'eugenic fortress', as well as the influence that home nations had upon its design. Georgescu's work is ground-breaking in the sense that the history of this uprooted community is usually handled with extreme sensitivity and serious (and critical) research into Transylvanian Saxon involvement with Nazism has been scant, until now.
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63.14 USD

The Eugenic Fortress: The Transylvanian Saxon Experiment in Interwar Romania

by Tudor Georgescu
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At its height between 1957 and 1970, the book program was one of the least known but most effective methods of penetrating the Iron Curtain, reaching thousands of intellectuals and professionals in the Soviet Bloc. Reisch conducted thorough research on the key personalities involved in the book program, especially the ...
Hot Books in the Cold War: The CIA-funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain
At its height between 1957 and 1970, the book program was one of the least known but most effective methods of penetrating the Iron Curtain, reaching thousands of intellectuals and professionals in the Soviet Bloc. Reisch conducted thorough research on the key personalities involved in the book program, especially the two key figures: S. S. Walker, who initiated the idea of a mailing project, and G. C. Minden, who developed it into one of the most effective political and psychological tools of the Cold War. The book includes excellent chapters on the vagaries of censorship and interception of books by communist authorities based on personal letters and accounts from recipients of Western material. It will stand as a testimony in honor of the handful of imaginative, determined, and hard-working individuals who helped to free half of Europe from mental bondage and planted many of the seeds that germinated when communism collapsed and the Soviet bloc disintegrated.
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102.38 USD

Hot Books in the Cold War: The CIA-funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain

by Alfred A. Reisch
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In Hungary, which fell under Soviet influence at the end of WWII, those who had participated in the wartime atrocities were tried by so called people's courts. This book analyses this process in an objective, quantitative way, contributing to the present timely discussion on the Hungarian war guilt. The authors ...
Political Justice in Budapest After WWII
In Hungary, which fell under Soviet influence at the end of WWII, those who had participated in the wartime atrocities were tried by so called people's courts. This book analyses this process in an objective, quantitative way, contributing to the present timely discussion on the Hungarian war guilt. The authors apply a special focus on the gender aspect of the trials. Political justice had a specific nature in Hungary. War criminals began to be brought to trial while fighting was still underway in the western part of the country, well before the Nuremberg trials. Not only crimes committed during the war were tried in the same frame but also post-war ones. As far as the post-war period is concerned, legal proceedings regarding these crimes were most often launched on the basis of Act VII of 1946. This act of law concerned the criminal law protection of the democratic constitutional order and the republic and its basic aim was to facilitate the creation of a communist dictatorship and to deal with perceived or real enemies of the regime.
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64.84 USD

Political Justice in Budapest After WWII

by Andrea Peto, Ildiko Barna
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This book concerns the politics of religion as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathian Ukraine. On the one hand, the analysis provides insights into the present position of Transcarpathia in regional, Ukraine-wide, and European struggles for identity and political belonging. The way in which the ...
Negotiating Marian Apparitions: The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine
This book concerns the politics of religion as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathian Ukraine. On the one hand, the analysis provides insights into the present position of Transcarpathia in regional, Ukraine-wide, and European struggles for identity and political belonging. The way in which the apparitions site has been conceived and managed raises questions concerning the fate of religious communities during and after socialism, the significance of national projects for religious organizations, and the politics of religious management in a situation in which local religious commitments are relatively strong and religious organizations are relatively weak. The analysis contributes to the ethnography and history of this particular region and of the post-socialist world in general. On the other hand, the changing status of the apparition site over the years allows investigation of the questions concerning authority, legitimacy, and power in religious organizations, especially in relation to management of religious experiences.The analysis aims at clarification of such concepts as religious institutions, organizations but also religious experiences and is relevant to anthropology, sociology and religious studies. It is argued that the important question in analyses of religious apparitions should not be how an individual experience becomes institutionalized and instrumentalized, but how experience becomes a tool for negotiation and transformation in the religious field.
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68.25 USD

Negotiating Marian Apparitions: The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine

by Agnieszka Halemba
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Remembering Communism examines the formation and transformation of the memory of communism in the post-communist period. The majority of the articles focus on memory practices in the post-Stalinist era in Bulgaria and Romania, with occasional references to the cases of Poland and the GDR. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, including ...
Remembering Communism: Private and Public Recollections of Lived Experience in Southeast Europe
Remembering Communism examines the formation and transformation of the memory of communism in the post-communist period. The majority of the articles focus on memory practices in the post-Stalinist era in Bulgaria and Romania, with occasional references to the cases of Poland and the GDR. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, including history, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, the volume examines the mechanisms and processes that influence, determine and mint the private and public memory of communism in the post-1989 era. The common denominator to all essays is the emphasis on the process of remembering in the present, and the modalities by means of which the present perspective shapes processes of remembering, including practices of commemoration and representation of the past. The volume deals with eight major thematic blocks revisiting specific practices in communism such as popular culture and everyday life, childhood, labor, the secret police, and the perception of the system .
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84.000000 USD
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As a reporter for the prestigious New York Times the author interviewed many of the leading political figures of the Balkans (Illyria, as called in classical antquity). He also sought out the area's intellectuals, not all of whom toed the government line, and whose comments give the reader a sense ...
Fare Well Illyria
As a reporter for the prestigious New York Times the author interviewed many of the leading political figures of the Balkans (Illyria, as called in classical antquity). He also sought out the area's intellectuals, not all of whom toed the government line, and whose comments give the reader a sense of how life was lived in those times. Binder devotes a chapter to each ethnic group from Vlachs to Serbs, talks about their individual differences and commonalities, and manages to do so without offense. Also includes a short historical account of the various places he visits which broadens the reader's exposure to local culture and heightens his understanding. A comprehensive yet concise account of the cultural and political situation in the Balkans during the last three decades of the Cold War (1960-1990). Fare Well, Illyria sums up the author's thorough knowledge of the political and cultural history of the Balkans as well as his personal experience gained over four decades covering the region. The reader comes across people from all walks of life: politicians, poets, literary and art critics, journalists, handymen, car mechanics, fishermen, farmers - From Milovan Djilas and Nicolae Ceausescu to Sali Berisha or the Serbian majstor Misha and the un-named Bosnian bar singer, Binder's book features a remarkable gallery of people whose presence contributes to the sense of authenticity and human warmth of the narrative.
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27.30 USD

Fare Well Illyria

by David Binder
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Examines the impact of the Czechoslovak and East German uranium industries on local politics and on societies, particularly in the decade or so after the end of the Second World War. The Erzgebirge - the Ore Mountains - on the border of Czechoslovakia and East Germany of the time, was ...
Uranium Matters: Central European Uranium in International Politics, 1900-1960
Examines the impact of the Czechoslovak and East German uranium industries on local politics and on societies, particularly in the decade or so after the end of the Second World War. The Erzgebirge - the Ore Mountains - on the border of Czechoslovakia and East Germany of the time, was the oldest uranium mine in the world, whose important resources were badly needed for Stalin's atomic bomb. This book contains an introduction that discusses the silver-mining industries in the Erzgebirge region, the history of experiments in physics on the instability of matter, and on the increasing demand for uranium beginning in the middle of the 19th century. The book outlines the fate of this mining region in the Cold War period, including the various political pressures and medical problems its inhabitants came under. The two industries are compared at the peak of their production and at the top of their strategic importance for Stalin. The highly secret state within a state is examined in the two countries. In addition, the analysis of the uranium issue helps the reader to see the origins of the Cold War in a different perspective.
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59.72 USD

Uranium Matters: Central European Uranium in International Politics, 1900-1960

by Rainer Karlsch, Zbynek Zeman
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Nothing in Soviet-style communism was as shrouded in mystery as its secret police. Its paid employees were known to few and their actual numbers remain uncertain. Its informers and collaborators operated clandestinely under pseudonyms and met their officers in secret locations. Its files were inaccessible, even to most party members. ...
Secrets and Truths: Ethnography in the Archive of Romania's Secret Police
Nothing in Soviet-style communism was as shrouded in mystery as its secret police. Its paid employees were known to few and their actual numbers remain uncertain. Its informers and collaborators operated clandestinely under pseudonyms and met their officers in secret locations. Its files were inaccessible, even to most party members. The people the secret police recruited or interrogated were threatened so effectively that some never told even their spouses, and many have held their tongues to this day, long after the regimes fell. With the end of communism, many of the newly established governments - among them Romania's - opened their secret police archives. From those files, especially her own voluminous one, as well as her personal memories and interviews with acquaintances that turned out be informers, the author has carried out historical ethnography of the Romanian Securitate. Secrets and Truths is not only of historical interest but has implications for understanding the rapidly developing security state of the neoliberal present.
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22.43 USD
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Prague in the early twentieth century was the city of cubists, surrealists, and the Good Soldier Svejk. This book takes a new approach to interwar Prague by identifying religion as an integral part of the city's cultural history. As Prague emerged as a modern city and the Czech nation gained ...
Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague: Longing for the Sacred in a Skeptical Age
Prague in the early twentieth century was the city of cubists, surrealists, and the Good Soldier Svejk. This book takes a new approach to interwar Prague by identifying religion as an integral part of the city's cultural history. As Prague emerged as a modern city and the Czech nation gained independence, Catholics, Protestants, and those who imagined a non-sectarian religion debated questions of faith and morality. Contrary to the conventional view of modern Czech elites as atheistic, Berglund shows how they were deeply concerned with the place of religion in modern life. Based upon a wide array of sources, the monograph explores the linkages between politics, theology, and architecture in the building of new symbols and a civil religion for the first Czechoslovak republic (1918-1938). Berglund views the contest of the sacred and secular in Prague within the broader context of religious change in twentieth-century Europe. His book lays a foundation for understanding both Czech culture of the interwar period as well as the nation's - and Europe's - religious history in the modern age. The author takes an approach that is both interdisciplinary and biographical by focusing on important figures in the politics and culture of interwar Prague, including Tomas Masaryk, the philosopher who became Czechoslovakia's first president; his daughter Alice, founding director of the Czechoslovak Red Cross; and Joze Plecnik, the Slovenian architect who directed the renovations of Prague Castle and designed one of the city's most renowned churches. This study of the beliefs and doubts held by these and other figures shows the transition from a (mostly) Catholic tradition to a new religious conception that was modern, humanistic, and detached from any institution - much like the religious beliefs held by many Europeans today.
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68.25 USD

Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague: Longing for the Sacred in a Skeptical Age

by Bruce R. Berglund
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By shedding light on an important aspect of the process of democratic transition in the region, the book offers broader conclusions about the process of East European party development and contributes towards the conception of a post-Communist political party model
Poles Together?: The Emergence and Development of Political Parties in Postcommunist Poland
By shedding light on an important aspect of the process of democratic transition in the region, the book offers broader conclusions about the process of East European party development and contributes towards the conception of a post-Communist political party model
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52.450000 USD

Poles Together?: The Emergence and Development of Political Parties in Postcommunist Poland

by Aleks Szczerbiak
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Nationalism and Terror: Ante Pavelic and Ustashe Terrorism from Fascism to the Cold War
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92.14 USD

Nationalism and Terror: Ante Pavelic and Ustashe Terrorism from Fascism to the Cold War

by Giorgio Cingolani
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Modernism: Representations of National Culture
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54.60 USD

Modernism: Representations of National Culture

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This text addresses one of the most important social movements of the 1990s - the civil and student peace demonstrations in Belgrade during the winter of 1996/97. The demonstrations, the largest ever in history, were in response to Milosevic's nullifying of the results of local elections in fourteen towns in ...
Protest in Belgrade: Winter of Discontent
This text addresses one of the most important social movements of the 1990s - the civil and student peace demonstrations in Belgrade during the winter of 1996/97. The demonstrations, the largest ever in history, were in response to Milosevic's nullifying of the results of local elections in fourteen towns in Serbia and created global media attention and worldwide sympathy. This comprehensive study, on a society asking for democracy, is based on interviews with over 1000 civilians and students. It analyses the basic empirical findings of the research and examines specific sociological aspects such as class/intellectual composition, political/social values and rationales. A chronology of events is also included. The text comprises of ten chapters dealing with the various aspects of civil and student protests, the research being carried out and completed while the demonstrations were still in progress and before the outcome of events was known. The text provides valuable information for the analysts of post-socialist transformation as well as researchers of social movements and social change, and for all those concerned with the events in Southeast Europe.
32.40 USD

Protest in Belgrade: Winter of Discontent

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The essays show that the printing of religious Muslim and Orthodox texts cannot be considered as mere technical innovation of reproduction. Since printing required special knowledge and allowed a much wider circulation, it triggered a debate among the religious elites and in their societies about fundamental dilemmas. (1) Who is ...
Sacred Texts and Print Culture: The Case of the Qur'an and the Bible of the Eastern Churches, 18th and 19th Centuries
The essays show that the printing of religious Muslim and Orthodox texts cannot be considered as mere technical innovation of reproduction. Since printing required special knowledge and allowed a much wider circulation, it triggered a debate among the religious elites and in their societies about fundamental dilemmas. (1) Who is allowed to have access to Holy Scriptures? What does it mean that people not belonging to the (traditional) religious elite will be able to read sacred texts? (2) If a broad circulation is technically feasible, why should not texts in the religious canon be printed in the language of the people? How does the production of meaning of a sacred text change if it is circulated by means of print? The essays see print culture as a central issue characterizing intellectual dynamics in societies of the Modern period. They give insight into changes in religious hermeneutics of Holy Scriptures, the democratization of knowledge, religious elites undergoing changes, and the secularization of religious traditions in Romania, Egypt, Russia, India, Croatia, East and West Bengal, as well as among the Assyrians of the Middle East.
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59.09 USD
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The dust has yet to settle in the former Yugoslavia, the receipts have not yet been counted and the total is far from being determined in the Balkans. The authors argue for a breath before anyone might conclude that the barriers have stopped accumulating in the aftermath of the Balkan ...
Managing Hatred and Distrust
The dust has yet to settle in the former Yugoslavia, the receipts have not yet been counted and the total is far from being determined in the Balkans. The authors argue for a breath before anyone might conclude that the barriers have stopped accumulating in the aftermath of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. This volume includes many cases of multiethnic management on the local level and presents both top-down and bottom-up approaches to multiethnic community management that have emerged in the last five years. Stabilization of coexistence has improved government and facilitated return in Bosnia. Reconciliation is happening on the ground in Croatia. Kosovo is battling with an imposed coexistence. Macedonia struggles to recognize ethnic diversity. Serbia is just now assuming responsibility for local initiatives that accommodate diversity in Serbia. There is also a short portrait on provisional state support for minority initiatives in Slovenia.
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23.56 USD

Managing Hatred and Distrust

by Petra Kovacs, Nenad Dimitrijevic
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The life story of a Serbian woman over a period of more than 70 years, preserved in memoirs, letters and mostly diaries, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of a life that takes place against the backdrop of extraordinary turbulence in the Balkans. It covers more than half a century, five ...
Natalija: Life in the Balkan Powder Keg, 1880-1956
The life story of a Serbian woman over a period of more than 70 years, preserved in memoirs, letters and mostly diaries, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of a life that takes place against the backdrop of extraordinary turbulence in the Balkans. It covers more than half a century, five wars (including the two world wars), and four ideologies. This is a time of excitement in Serbia as its leaders carve an independent state out of the Ottoman Empire and attempt to modernize a largely rural and 'backward' corner of Europe.A time of opportunity for many who join in the effort to build the infrastructure of a modern economy, as well as the growing number of middle class families who send their children, in rare cases even girls, to the emerging system of state schools. Above all, a time of war, as the expanding Serbian state comes into conflict with its neighbors and, ultimately, the Great Powers of Europe. Accompanied by an introductory study, Natalija's diary provides a rich background to understanding the on-going conflict in the Balkans today.
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47.25 USD
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Roberts' book follows in the tradition of recent scholarship that seeks to emphasize the importance of popular culture and the wealth of knowledge that can be gained through an analysis of the daily lives and practices of individuals. Focusing on popular songs, movie stars, famous athletes, traditional dishes, and children's ...
From Good King Wenceslas To The Good Soldier Svejk: A Dictionary Of Czech Popular Culture
Roberts' book follows in the tradition of recent scholarship that seeks to emphasize the importance of popular culture and the wealth of knowledge that can be gained through an analysis of the daily lives and practices of individuals. Focusing on popular songs, movie stars, famous athletes, traditional dishes, and children's games that are second nature to every Czech, Roberts' work serves as an introduction to Czech popular culture. This dictionary is a sizeable achievement as it offers an English readership an invaluable source of information to a rich body of material that has thus far remained ephemeral. The six hundred entries are cross-referenced and allow readers to pursue particular topics in greater depth. Written in a readable style this work is easily accessible to a wide readership.
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43.72 USD
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The book gives a specific understanding also of the relationship between nationalism and religion in the post-communist period, by analyzing the recent canonization of Levski. The processes described, although with a chronological depth of almost two centuries, are still very much in the making, and the living archive expands not ...
Bones of Contention: The Living Archive of Vasil Levski and the Making of Bulgaria's National Hero
The book gives a specific understanding also of the relationship between nationalism and religion in the post-communist period, by analyzing the recent canonization of Levski. The processes described, although with a chronological depth of almost two centuries, are still very much in the making, and the living archive expands not only in size but with the constant addition of surprising new forms they take. At another level, the book engages in a variety of general theoretical questions. It offers insights into the problems of history and memory: the question of public, social or collective memory; the nature of national memory in comparison to other types of memory; the variability of memory over time and social space; alternative memories; memory's techniques like commemorations, the mechanism of creating and transmitting memory. This book is a condensed version of a 2009 CEU Press cloth edition under the same title.
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29.55 USD
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On the East-West Slope explores changing cognitive geographies with regard to Eastern Europe during the late 20th century and the turn of the Millenium. While the fundamental poles of East and West remain, both their meaning and their relationship to one another have shifted profoundly since the late 1970s. The ...
On the East-West Slope: Globalization, Nationalism, Racism and Discourses on Central and Eastern Europe
On the East-West Slope explores changing cognitive geographies with regard to Eastern Europe during the late 20th century and the turn of the Millenium. While the fundamental poles of East and West remain, both their meaning and their relationship to one another have shifted profoundly since the late 1970s. The book demonstrates the ways in which supposedly liberal characterizations of East and West project a theoretical slope across the map of Europe, oriented as increasingly negative from West to East. Paradoxically, a liberal discourse of Europeanization turns ugly in the context of East European politics as it generates polarizing issues, including extreme nationalism and discriminatory racism, as in the case of the Roma. Finally, the book argues that such paradoxes are not paradoxes at all if we recognize that civilizational slope ideas have a major function in maintaining and reproducing hierarchical world economies. The book is also one of the first attempts to create links between the postcolonial analysis of development in the Third World and changes in Eastern Europe The book seeks to analyze discourses underpinning mental maps of East and West focusing on individual and institutional actors. In order to understand the East/West positioning and identities of the different actors, the book performs a comprehensive analysis of discourses on population development, of mental maps presented by global corporations and foundations and also a unique hermeneutical analysis of narrative interviews conducted with people crossing East/West borders in the United States, Hungary and Russia. The book will attract a wide international readership. As the book analyzes empirical material and reviews a wide range of literature on sociology of knowledge, demography, political science, East European Studies, and postcolonialism, it will prove an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students and their professors at Western and East European Universities. Readers in recent European nationalism, racism, the history of demographic thought in the 20th century, postcommunism, international political order, globalization and narrative identities are the targeted prime users of the book.
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37.80 USD
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Discusses Serbia's struggle for democratic values after the fall of the MiloA'evia regime provoked by the NATO war, and after the trauma caused by the secession of Kosovo. Are the value systems of the post-MiloA'evia era true stumbling blocks of a delayed transition of this country? Seventeen contributors from Norway, ...
Civic and Uncivic Values: Serbia in the Post-Milosevic Era
Discusses Serbia's struggle for democratic values after the fall of the MiloA'evia regime provoked by the NATO war, and after the trauma caused by the secession of Kosovo. Are the value systems of the post-MiloA'evia era true stumbling blocks of a delayed transition of this country? Seventeen contributors from Norway, Serbia, Italy, Germany, Poland and some other European countries covered a broad range of topics in order to provide answers to this question. The subjects of their investigations were national myths and symbols, history textbooks, media, film, religion, inter-ethnic dialogue, transitional justice, political party agendas and other related themes. The authors of the essays represent different scholarly disciplines whose theoretical conceptions and frameworks are employed in order to analyze two alternative value systems in Serbia: liberal, cosmopolitan and civic on the one hand, and traditional, provincial, nationalist on the other.
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47.25 USD
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The history of eugenics and racial nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe is a neglected topic of analysis in contemporary scholarship. The 20 essays in this volume, written by distinguished scholars of eugenics and fascism alongside a new generation of scholars, excavate the hitherto unknown eugenics movements in Central and ...
Blood and Homeland: Eugencis and Racial Nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe, 1900-1940
The history of eugenics and racial nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe is a neglected topic of analysis in contemporary scholarship. The 20 essays in this volume, written by distinguished scholars of eugenics and fascism alongside a new generation of scholars, excavate the hitherto unknown eugenics movements in Central and Southeast Europe, including Austria and Germany. Eugenics and racial nationalism are topics that have constantly been marginalized and rated as incompatible with local national traditions in Central and Southeast Europe. These topics receive a new treatment here. On the one hand, the historiographic perspective connects developments in the history of anthropology and eugenics with political ideologies such as racial nationalism and anti-semitism; on the other hand, it contests the 'Sonderweg' approach adopted by scholars dealing with these issues.
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29.350000 USD
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A non-fiction book about the social engineering operated in rural Eastern Europe by the Communist regime, based on the history of two villages in Romania. One of the two villages is the birthplace of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Communist dictator, Scornicesti, which received massive investment during communist years and was ...
A Tale of Two Villages: Coerced Modernization in the East European Countryside
A non-fiction book about the social engineering operated in rural Eastern Europe by the Communist regime, based on the history of two villages in Romania. One of the two villages is the birthplace of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Communist dictator, Scornicesti, which received massive investment during communist years and was turned into a mixture of underdeveloped village and industrial town. The other is Nucsoara, the Carpathian cradle of peasants' resistance against Communism, where half the village was executed or imprisoned and their lands divided between the other half. The state intervention failed in both villages to attain the planned objectives, but it nevertheless changed fundamentally the life of villagers. This book is mostly about the consequences of unlimited state power over people and communities.
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41.33 USD
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The life story of a Serbian woman over a period of more than 70 years, preserved in memoirs, letters and mostly diaries, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of a life that takes place against the backdrop of extraordinary turbulence in the Balkans. It covers more than half a century, five ...
Natalija: Life in the Balkan Powder Keg, 1880-1956
The life story of a Serbian woman over a period of more than 70 years, preserved in memoirs, letters and mostly diaries, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of a life that takes place against the backdrop of extraordinary turbulence in the Balkans. It covers more than half a century, five wars (including the two world wars), and four ideologies. This is a time of excitement in Serbia as its leaders carve an independent state out of the Ottoman Empire and attempt to modernize a largely rural and backwardA corner of Europe. A time of opportunity for many who join in the effort to build the infrastructure of a modern economy, as well as the growing number of middle class families who send their children, in rare cases even girls, to the emerging system of state schools. Above all, a time of war, as the expanding Serbian state comes into conflict with its neighbors and, ultimately, the Great Powers of Europe. Accompanied by an introductory study, Natalija's diary provides a rich background to understanding the on-going conflict in the Balkans today.
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29.55 USD
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This book concerns the politics of religion as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathian Ukraine. On the one hand, the analysis provides insights into the present position of Transcarpathia in regional, Ukraine-wide, and European struggles for identity and political belonging. The way in which the ...
Negotiating Marian Apparitions: The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine
This book concerns the politics of religion as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathian Ukraine. On the one hand, the analysis provides insights into the present position of Transcarpathia in regional, Ukraine-wide, and European struggles for identity and political belonging. The way in which the apparitions site has been conceived and managed raises questions concerning the fate of religious communities during and after socialism, the significance of national projects for religious organizations, and the politics of religious management in a situation in which local religious commitments are relatively strong and religious organizations are relatively weak. The analysis contributes to the ethnography and history of this particular region and of the post-socialist world in general. On the other hand, the changing status of the apparition site over the years allows investigation of the questions concerning authority, legitimacy, and power in religious organizations, especially in relation to management of religious experiences. The analysis aims at clarification of such concepts as religious institutions, organizations but also religious experiences and is relevant to anthropology, sociology and religious studies. It is argued that the important question in analyses of religious apparitions should not be how an individual experience becomes institutionalized and instrumentalized, but how experience becomes a tool for negotiation and transformation in the religious field.
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