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CEU Press's The Last Superpower Summits Named Outstanding Academic Title for 2017

CEU Press's 2016 publication, "The Last Superpower Summits. Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush. Conversations that Ended the Cold War," has been selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017.

An Orderly Mess

January 30, 2018

This book by Helga Nowotny, former president of the European Research Council, was triggered by the recent geopolitical shifts and the turn towards an allegedly post-factual era. An Orderly Mess is a timely diagnosis of the current dissolution of the modern order, while highlighting the opportunities of messiness.
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The Oldest Legend: Acts of the Canonization Process, and Miracles of Saint Margaret of Hungary

January 30, 2018

Edited by historian lldiko Csepregi,  CEU Professor Gabor Klaniczay, and researcher Bence Peterfi, this bilingual volume (Latin text with English translation) contains the most important hagiographical corpus of medieval Hungarian history: that of Saint Margaret (1242–1270), daughter of King Bela IV, who lived her life as a Dominican nun. Margaret’s cult started immediately after her death and the demand to examine her sanctity was first formulated in 1272. The canonization process recommenced in 1276, followed by further initiatives across the centuries.

Tyrants Writing Poetry

January 30, 2018

Why do tyrants of all people often have a poetic vein? Where do terror and fiction meet? The cultural history of totalitarian regimes is unwrapped in ten case studies, edited by Albrecht Koschorke and Konstantin Kaminskij of the University of Konstanz, studying the artistic ambitions of Nero, Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Saparmyrat Nyyazow, and Radovan Karadzic.

The Invisible Shining: The Cult of Matyas Rakosi in Stalinist Hungary, 1945–1956

January 30, 2018

In this book, Balazs Apor, lecturer in European Studies at the Trinity College Dublin, offers a detailed analysis of the construction, reception, and eventual decline of the cult of the Hungarian Communist Party Secretary, Matyas Rakosi, one of the most striking examples of orchestrated adulation in the Soviet bloc. The monograph is primarily concerned with techniques and methods of cult construction, as well as the role various institutions played in the creation of mythical representations of political figures.