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Eastern Europe: Continuity and Change (1987–1995)

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Edited By Irena Grudzinska-Gross and Andrzej W. Tymowski

The book consists of articles from East European Politics and Societies, a journal published in the United States that first appeared in 1987. This selection is composed of papers written by the journal’s founders and early authors, among them Zygmunt Bauman, Tony Judt, Katherine Verdery, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Elemer Hankiss, Vesna Pusic, Maria Todorova. The first section Before the Change consists of texts written in the late 1980s; its authors tried to identify the cracks that would undermine or reform the existing system. In the second part of the book Alternative Futures contributors sketched the directions of the changes as they were just getting underway. The authors hoped that politics, economics, and societies were now free to reinvent themselves. The texts in the third section, Legacies of the Past, written before, during, and after the time of most drastic changes, show how the shadows cast by the histories of individual nations and the region as a whole continued to burden political strategies as well as daily lives.
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Our Recent Pasts: Recent Developments in East Central Europe in the Light of Various Social Philosophies: Elemer Hankiss

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Our Recent Pasts: Recent Developments in East Central Europe in the Light of Various Social Philosophies

Elemer Hankiss

More than four years have elapsed since the velvet or non-velvet revolutions in East Central Europe.1 It is time and timely to draw the first balance sheets of these glorious and hectic years. But it is easier to state the importance of this project than to achieve it, for various reasons:

Events and developments in these four years display such a confusing complexity that it is not at all easy to disentangle the main trends, patterns, and relationships.

Information on these events and developments is uneven, incomplete, and contradictory.

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