Ideology and Social Protests in Eastern Europe
nov12

Ideology and Social Protests in Eastern Europe

Veronika Stoyanova. Ideology and Social Protests in Eastern Europe. Beyond the Transition’s Liberal Consensus (Routledge, 2018) This book argues that the recent political mobilizations in Eastern Europe have been underpinned by a class struggle between a more conservative and a more radical line of contention. The latter line, the book contends, is designed by and for subaltern groups whose anti-systemic programme calls for not...

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Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere
nov12

Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere

Mariëlle Wijermars, Katja Lehtisaari. Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere (Routledge, 2019) In recent years the Russian government has dramatically expanded its restrictions on the internet, while simultaneously consolidating its grip on traditional media. The internet, however, because of its transnational configuration, continues to evade comprehensive state control and offers ever new opportunities for...

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A Century of Populist Demagogues
nov12

A Century of Populist Demagogues

Iván T. Berend. A Century of Populist Demagogues. Eighteen European Portraits, 1918–2018 The renowned historian Ivan Berend discusses populist demagoguery through the presentation of eighteen politicians from twelve European countries from World War I to the present. In this book, Berend defines demagoguery, reflects on its connections with populism, and examines the common features and differences in the demagogues’ programs and...

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Battling over the Balkans
nov05

Battling over the Balkans

John Lampre, Constantin Iordachi Battling over the Balkans. Historiographical Questions and Controversies (CEU Press, 2019). The tumultuous history of the Balkans has been subject to a plethora of conflicting interpretations, both local and external. In an attempt to help overcome the stereotypes that still pervade Balkan history, Battling over the Balkans concentrates on a set of five principal controversies from the precommunist...

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Austerities and Aspirations
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Austerities and Aspirations

Béla Tomka Austerities and Aspirations. A Comparative History of Growth, Consumption, and Quality of Life in East Central Europe since 1945(CEU Press, 2019) This monograph updates existing scholarship on the economic performance of Czechoslovakia (and its successor states), Hungary, and Poland since 1945, in contrast with Western Europe. For this longitudinal comparative exercise, the author goes beyond the traditional growth paradigm...

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Le ceneri di Babij Jar
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Le ceneri di Babij Jar

ANTONELLA SALOMONI Le ceneri di Babij Jar L’eccidio degli ebrei di Kiev Nella profonda e larga gola situata in prossimità di Kiev, nota come Babij Jar, fra il 29 e il 30 settembre 1941 le truppe tedesche sterminarono, a colpi d’arma da fuoco, 33.771 ebrei. Si tratta del più grave eccidio commesso durante il secondo conflitto mondiale. Durante e dopo la guerra il territorio fu modificato, ridisegnato o riconvertito con...

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