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20 Years after the Collapse of Communism

Expectations, achievements and disillusions of 1989

by Nicolas Hayoz (Volume editor) Leszek Jesien (Volume editor) Daniela Koleva (Volume editor)
©2011 Edited Collection 679 Pages

Summary

The volume is an attempt to assess the meanings of 1989, in particular the multiple transformation processes and their effects in Eastern Europe. Obviously, the realities of the post-communist transformations have not met the expectations. Were the expectations too high? Did democratic institutions prove incompatible with local cultures? Was their implementation too fast to correspond to a genuine development of democratic culture? Whatever the reasons, the road to democracy has turned out to be steeper and the communist legacy heavier than expected.
The authors of this volume seek to comprehend the intricacies of various aspects of the post-communist transition; looking at a broad array of countries that have followed different paths. The studies combine methods of different disciplines. ‘Insider’ perspectives are juxtaposed with external assessments. This comparative and problem based approach brings into focus the ambiguities of the unfinished transformations as well as their broader cultural contexts: the politics of history and the battles for new memory, the re-signification of past and present, and the problematic transformation of homo sovieticus into an autonomous and responsive subject.

Details

Pages
679
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035102734
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783034305389
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0351-0273-4
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (October)
Keywords
democracy culture transformation
Published
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 679 pp., num. ill. and tables

Biographical notes

Nicolas Hayoz (Volume editor) Leszek Jesien (Volume editor) Daniela Koleva (Volume editor)

Nicolas Hayoz is associate professor of political science and the director of the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Leszek Jesień coordinates the EU research at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and lectures at the Collegium Civitas and the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw. Daniela Koleva is associate professor at the Department for History and Theory of Culture, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia.

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