New publications

New publications

Kamusella Tomasz, Nomachi Motoki, Gibson Catherine (Eds.): The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, UK, 2016, 561pp. ISBN: 978-1-137-34838-8

This book analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989. It offers perspectives from a number of disciplines such as sociolinguistics, socio-political history and language policy. Languages are artefacts of culture, meaning they are created by people. They are…

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Evgeny Dobrenko, Mark Lipovetsky (eds.): Russian Literature since 1991, UK, 2015, 320pp. ISBN: 9781107068513

Russian Literature since 1991 is the first comprehensive, single-volume compendium of modern scholarship on post-Soviet Russian literature. The volume encompasses broad, complex and diverse sources of literary material – from ideological and historical novels to experimental prose and poetry, from nonfiction to drama. Written by an international team of leading experts on contemporary Russian literature…

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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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