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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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