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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Edited by Claudia-Florentina Dobre, director of the Center for Memory and Identity Studies, and Cristian Emilian Ghita, this volume brings together a range of case studies of myth-making and myth-breaking in Eastern Europe from the nineteenth century to the present day. In particular, it focuses on the complex process through which memories are transformed into myths.
Focusing upon a region in Southern Bulgaria, a region that has been the crossroads between Europe and Asia for many centuries, this book by Anna M. Mirkova, assistant professor at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, describes how former Ottoman Empire Muslims were transformed into citizens of Balkan nation-states. This is a region marked by shifting borders, competing Turkish and Bulgarian sovereignties, rival nationalisms, and migration. Problems such as these were ultimately responsible for the disintegration of the dynastic empires into nation-states.
This collection of well-researched chapters, edited by Oto Luthar, professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia, assesses the uses and misuses of history 25 years after the collapse of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe.
What is the meaning of the martyr’s sacrifice? Is it true that the martyr imitates Christ? After the “one and eternal” sacrifice of Jesus why are from time to time new (and often quite numerous) sacrifices necessary? What is the underlying concept concerning the divinity? How do these ideas survive in present times?
This monograph by Zsolt Nagy, Assistant Professor at the department of History at University of St. Thomas, Minnesota examines the development of interwar Hungarian cultural diplomacy in three areas: universities, the tourist industry, and the media—primarily motion pictures and radio production. It is a story of the Hungarian elites’ high hopes and deep-seated anxieties about the country’s place in a Europe newly reconstructed after World War I, and how these elites perceived and misperceived themselves, their surroundings, and their own ability to affect the country’s fate.