June 20, 2017
Edited by Tommaso Piffer, Bodossakis research fellow at the University of Cambridge, and Vladislav Zubok, professor of International History at the London School of Economics, this book is a tribute to the memory of Victor Zaslavsky (1937–2009), sociologist, émigré from the Soviet Union, Canadian citizen, public intellectual, and keen observer of Eastern Europe. In seventeen essays leading European, American and Russian scholars discuss the theory and the history of totalitarian society with a comparative approach.
June 6, 2017
"Utopian Horizons: Ideology, Politics, Literature," by Zsolt Cziganyik, senior lecturer at Eotvos Lorand University and Humanities Initiative Fellow at CEU, presents not only innovative theoretical approaches, but also the practical application of the concept of utopia to a variety of phenomena which have been neglected in the utopian studies paradigm, especially to the rarely discussed Central European texts and ideologies.
May 10, 2017
This book by anthropologist William A. Christian, Jr. presents and comments on an extensive set of religious and personal photographs and illustrations, from a wide variety of sources throughout Europe, that depict people along with divine beings or absent loved ones. For more information, see http://ceupress.com/books/html/Stranger_Tears_Photograpgh_Touch.htm
May 10, 2017
Six million people visit Prague Castle each year. Bruce R. Berglund, professor of history at Calvin College, tells the story of how this ancient citadel was transformed after World War I from a neglected, run-down relic into the seat of power for independent Czechoslovakia—and the symbolic center of democratic postwar Europe. For more information, see http://ceupress.com/books/html/Castle_and_Cathedral.htm
May 9, 2017
Estonia is perhaps the only country in Europe that lacks a comprehensive history of its Jewish minority. Spanning over 150 years of Estonian Jewish history, Anton Weiss-Wendt addresses the issues of rebuilding a life beyond so-called Pale of Jewish Settlement in the Russian Empire, the Jewish cultural autonomy in interwar Estonia, and the trauma of Soviet occupation of 1940–41 in On the Margins. But most profoundly, the book wrestles with the subject of the Holocaust and its legacy in Estonia.
May 9, 2017
Exploring theater practices in communist and post-communist Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, Ileana Alexandra Orlich, President’s Professor at Arizona State University, analyzes intertextuality or “inter-theatricality” as a political strategy, designed to criticize contemporary political conditions while at the same time trying to circumvent censorship. For more information, see http://ceupress.com/books/html/Subversive%20_Stages.htm
March 14, 2017
This monograph by Martin Aurell, professor of Medieval History at the University of Poitiers, contains a great deal of detailed information about the attitudes towards learning and written culture among members of the nobility in different parts of Europe in the Middle Ages.
February 28, 2017
The present volume, edited by Oliver Bange, historian at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, and Poul Villaume, professor at the University of Copenhagen, presents a collection of pieces of evidence, which—taken together—lead to an argument that goes against the grain of the established Cold War narrative.
February 28, 2017
The history of the Second Vatican Council and the history of the policy of openness towards the East-Central European Communist countries, that is, the so called Vatican “Ostpolitik,” were looked at until now as two separate topics of research. This work by András Fejérdy, researcher at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, demonstrates that it is not like that, but in reality, the two topics are closely linked.
January 31, 2017
The common critique of media- and ratings-driven politics envisions democracy falling hostage to a popularity contest. By contrast, the following book by Hungarian sociologist Peter Csigo reconceives politics as a speculative Keynesian beauty contest that alienates itself from the popular audience it ceaselessly targets. Political actors unknowingly lean on collective beliefs about the popular expectations they seek to gratify, and thus do not follow popular public opinion as it is, but popular public opinion about popular public opinion.