New publications

New publications

Pål Kolstø (ed.): Stratgies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe, 2014, 300pp, ISBN: 9781472419187

After the conflagration of Tito’s Yugoslavia a medley of new and not-so-new states rose from the ashes. Some of the Yugoslav successor states have joined, or are about to enter, the European Union, while others are still struggling to define their national borders, symbols, and relationships with neighbouring states. Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South…

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Tomasz Zarycki: Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe. London: Routledge 2014, 294 pp., ISBN: 978-0-415-62589-0

This book explores how the countries of Eastern Europe, which were formerly part of the Soviet bloc have, since the end of communist rule, developed a new ideology of their place in the world. Drawing on post-colonial theory and on identity discourses in the writings of local intelligentsia figures, the book shows how people in…

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Andrii Krawchuk, Thomas Bremer (eds.): Eastern Orthodox Encounters of Identity and Otherness. Values, Self-Reflection, Dialogue. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2014, 380 pp., ISBN: 978-1-137-38284-9

From diverse international and multi-disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this volume analyze the experiences, challenges and responses of Orthodox churches to the foundational transformations associated with the dissolution of the USSR. Those transformations heightened the urgency of questions about Orthodox identity and relations with the world – states, societies, and the religious and cultural other….

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Liliya Berezhnaya, Christian Schmitt (eds.): Iconic Turns. Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989. Leiden: Brill 2013, 256 pp., ISBN: 978-90-04-25277-6

After the epochal turn of 1989 a new wave of movies dealing with the complex entanglement of religious and national identity has emerged in the eastern part of Europe. There has been plenty of evidence for a return of nationalism, while the predicated “return of religion(s)” is envisaged on a larger scale as a global…

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Entre atlantisme et européisme : l’évolution des politiques de sécurité en Europe centrale et orientale – Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest (ISSN: 0338-0599), vol. 44 (2013), n° 3

Contents: Amélie Zima – Avant-propos. Amélie Zima – L’Acte fondateur OTAN-Russie, négociations et influences sur la politique d’élargissement de l’OTAN à l’Europe centrale (The NATO-Russia Founding Act : Negotiations and influences on NATO enlargement policy to central Europe) Tomasz Paszewski – US missile defense plans : Central and Eastern Europe Philippe Perchoc – Les États…

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Graeme Gill: Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press 2013, 326 pp., ISBN: 978-1-10-703139-5

During the Soviet period, political symbolism developed into a coherent narrative that underpinned Soviet political development. Following the collapse of the Soviet regime and its widespread rejection by the Russian people, a new form of narrative was needed, one which both explained the state of existing society and gave a sense of its direction. By…

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Thomas Bremer: Cross and Kremlin. A Brief History of the Orthodox Church in Russia. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans 2013, 190 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8028-6962-3

Russian political history and Russian church history are tied together very tightly. One cannot properly understand the overall history of Russia without considering the role of the Orthodox Church in Russia. Cross and Kremlin uniquely surveys both the history and the contemporary situation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The first chapter gives a concise chronology…

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Richard H. Immerman, Petra Goedde (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013. 680 pp., ISBN 978-0-199-23696-1

The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War offers a broad reassessment of the period war based on new conceptual frameworks developed in the field of international history. Nearing the 25th anniversary of its end, the cold war now emerges as a distinct period in twentieth-century history, yet one which should be evaluated within the broader…

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Sanna Turoma, Maxim Waldstein (eds.): Empire De/Centered. New Spatial Histories of Russia and the Soviet Union. Farnham: Ashgate 2013, 362 pp., ISBN: 978-1-4094-4786-3

In 1991 the Soviet empire collapsed, at a stroke throwing the certainties of the Cold War world into flux. Yet despite the dramatic end of this ‘last empire’, the idea of empire is still alive and well, its language and concepts feeding into public debate and academic research. Bringing together a multidisciplinary and international group…

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Saltanat Liebert, Stephen E. Condrey, Dmitry Goncharov (eds.): Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries. Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. London: Routledge 2013, 376 pp., ISBN: 978-1-43-986137-0

Although it has been more than 20 years since Communism crumbled in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, many scholars and politicians still wonder what the lifting of the Iron Curtain has really meant for these former Communist countries. And, because these countries were largely closed off to the world for so long,…

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