CEU Press

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.

From Central Planning to the Market: The Transformation of the Czech Economy 1989 – 2004

January 30, 2018

This book describes the process of the Czech economic transformation from the beginning of the 1990s to the country’s entry into the European Union in 2004. Libor Zidek, associate professor at the Department of Economics at Masaryk University,  also compares Czech development in this transformative era to those of Poland and Hungary.
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A Contested Borderland: Competing Russian and Romanian Visions of Bessarabia in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

January 30, 2018

This book by Andrei Cusco, associate professor of History at Ion Creanga State University, is an intellectual prehistory of the Bessarabian question, focusing on the antagonism of the national and imperial visions of this contested borderland. Through a critical reassessment and revision of the traditional historical narratives, the study argues that Bessarabia was claimed not just by two opposing projects of ‘symbolic inclusion,’ but also by two alternative and theoretically antagonistic models of political legitimacy.

Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-8th Centuries)

October 24, 2017

Edited by Marianne Saghy, associate professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, and Edward M. Schoolman, assistant professor at the University of Nevada, this collection of essays inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations.