The River Dnipro (formerly better known by the Russian name of Dnieper) is intimately linked to the history and identity of Ukraine. In the book, Roman Adrian Cybriwsky, professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, discusses the history of the river, from when it was formed and its many uses and modifications by human agencies from ancient times to the present.
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.
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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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.
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.