Law and the Russian State
feb27

Law and the Russian State

William E. Pomeranz Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018)   Russia is often portrayed as a regressive, even lawless, country, and yet the Russian state has played a major role in shaping and experimenting with law as an instrument of power. In Law and the Russian State, William Pomeranz examines Russia’s legal evolution from Peter the Great to...

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Times of Upheaval
feb27

Times of Upheaval

Pavlína Rychterov, Gábor Klaniczay, Paweł Kras, Walter Pohl Times of Upheaval Four Medievalists in Twentieth-Century Central Europe. Conversations with Jerzy Kłoczowski, János M. Bak, František Šmahel, and Herwig Wolfram (Budapest & New York: CEU Press, 2019). The volume unites conversations with four masters of Medieval Studies from east-central Europe: János Bak from Hungary, Jerzy Kłoczowski from Poland, František Šmahel from...

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Piroska and the Pantokrator
feb13

Piroska and the Pantokrator

Marianne Sághy, Robert Ousterhout Piroska and the Pantokrator Dynastic Memory, Healing and Salvation in Komnenian Constantinople (Budapest & New York, 2019). This book is about the Christ Pantokrator, an imposing monumental complex serving monastic, dynastic, medical and social purposes in Constantinople, founded by Emperor John II Komnenos and Empress Piroska-Eirene in 1118. Now called the Zeyrek Mosque, the second largest...

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Eurasian Integration and the Russian World
feb08

Eurasian Integration and the Russian World

Aliaksei Kazharski Eurasian Integration and the Russian World Regionalism as an Identitary Enterprise (Budapest & New York: CEU Press, 2019). This volume examines Russian discourses of regionalism as a source of identity construction practices for the country’s political and intellectual establishment. The overall purpose of the monograph is to demonstrate that, contrary to some assumptions, the transition trajectory of...

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Cosmas of Prague, The Chronicle of the Czechs – Cosmae Pragensis Chronica Bohemorum
feb08

Cosmas of Prague, The Chronicle of the Czechs – Cosmae Pragensis Chronica Bohemorum

János M. Bak and Pavlína Rychterová The Latin-English bilingual volume presents the text of The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague. Cosmas was born around 1045, educated in Liège, upon his return to Bohemia, he got married as well as became a priest. In 1086 he was appointed prebendary, a senior member of clergy in Prague. He completed the first book of the Chronicle in 1119, starting with the creation of the world and the...

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Alternatives to Democracy in Twentieth-Century Europe
feb08

Alternatives to Democracy in Twentieth-Century Europe

Sabrina Ramet Alternatives to Democracy in Twentieth-Century Europe: Collectivist Visions of Modernity, examines the historical examples of Soviet Communism, Italian Fascism, German Nazism, and Spanish Anarchism, suggesting that, in spite of their differences, they had some key features in common, in particular their shared hostility to individualism, representative government, laissez faire capitalism, and the decadence they...

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