New publications

New publications

J. L. Black, Michael Johns (eds.): The Return of the Cold War, 2015, 304pp. ISBN 9781138924093

This book examines the crisis in Ukraine, tracing its development and analysing the factors which lie behind it. It discusses above all how the two sides have engaged in political posturing, accusations, escalating sanctions and further escalating threats, arguing that the ease with which both sides have reverted to a Cold War mentality demonstrates that…

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[In French] Georges Mink (ed.): La Pologne au cœur de l’Europe. De 1914 à nos jours, 2015, 670pp. ISBN 978-2-283-02901-5

En 1914, au moment où éclate la Première Guerre mondiale, la question de l’indépendance de la Pologne redevient un enjeu européen. Cette indépendance retrouvée dès 1918 servira de « mythe » fondateur à la Pologne souveraine des années de l’entre-deux-guerres, qui sombrera – victime des totalitarismes – pour renaître à nouveau en 1989. L’auteur revient sur cette…

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Soeren Keil, Bernhard Stahl (eds.):The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States. From Yugoslavia to Europe, UK 2015, 262pp. ISBN: 1137384123

The post-Yugoslav states have developed very differently since Yugoslavia dissolved in the early 1990s. This collection analyzes the foreign policies of the post-Yugoslav states focusing on the main goals, actors, decision-making processes and influences on the foreign policies of these countries. It demonstrates how internal and external developments help to explain why their foreign policy,…

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Robert J. Donia (ed.): Radovan Karadžič, Architect of the Bosnian Genocide, UK 2015, 351pp. ISBN: 9781107423084

Radovan Karadžić, leader of the Bosnian Serb nationalists during the Bosnian War (1992–5), stands accused of genocide and other crimes of war before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. This book traces the origins of the extreme violence of the war to the utopian national aspirations of the Serb Democratic…

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Timothy Havens, Anikó Imre, Katalin Lustyik (eds.): Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism, UK 2015, 286pp. ISBN: 978-1-13-889156-2

This collection of essays responds to the recent surge of interest in popular television in Eastern Europe. This is a region where television’s transformation has been especially spectacular, shifting from a state-controlled broadcast system delivering national, regional, and heavily filtered Western programming to a deregulated, multi-platform, transnational system delivering predominantly American and Western European entertainment…

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Andrew H. Dawson (ed.): Planning in Eastern Europe, UK 2015, 348pp. ISBN: 978-1-13-885334-8

Planning is particularly important in Eastern Europe since most spatial change and economic planning are the products of centralised decision-making, which in turn is the product of a systematic socio-political ideology. Planning is therefore an important key to understanding society, economy and spatial change in Eastern Europe. This book, which was first published in 1987,…

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Andrea Pirro (ed.): The Populist Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe. deology, impact, and electoral performance, UK 2015, 222p. ISBN: 978-1-13-883987-8

Often neglected in the study of far right organisations, post-communist Europe recently witnessed the rise and fall of a number of populist radical right parties. The Populist Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe is the first comparative study to focus on the ideology, impact, and electoral performance of this party family in the region….

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Luca Tomini (ed.): Democratizing Central and Eastern Europe. Successes and failures of the European Union, UK 2015, 180pp. ISBN: 978-1-13-883182-7

At first, it was believed that accession to the EU would have a positive effect on the process of democratization in former communist countries. However, over time it became clear that difficulties with the democratic system endured in a number of these countries. This book reconsiders the results of the process of democratization in Central…

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Dinissa Duvanova (ed.): Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States, UK 2015, 267pp. ISBN:9781107030169

Prior to 1989, the communist countries of Eastern Europe and the USSR lacked genuine employer and industry associations. After the collapse of communism, industry associations mushroomed throughout the region. Duvanova argues that abusive regulatory regimes discourage the formation of business associations and poor regulatory enforcement tends to encourage associational membership growth. Academic research often treats…

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David Gillespie (ed.): Masculinity, Violence and Power in Modern Russia Men, Guns and Identity, UK 2015, 256pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-67064-7

This book explores the phenomenon of violence in Russian culture, showing how violence has been a legitimate articulation of masculinity in Russia, and how popular attitudes towards violence have differed from those in the west, with Russians often approving of violence and of macho, militaristic political leadership. The book examines the nature of violence and…

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