New Publications

Churches in the Ukrainian Crisis
Editors: Krawchuk, Andrii, Bremer, Thomas (Eds.)

This volume explores the churches of Ukraine and their involvement in the recent movement for social justice and dignity within the country. In November of 2013, citizens of Ukraine gathered on Kyiv's central square (Maidan) to protest against a government that had reneged on its promise to sign a trade agreement with Europe. The Euromaidan protest included members of various Christian churches in Ukraine, who stood together and demanded government accountability and closer ties with Europe. In response, state forces massacred over one hundred unarmed civilians. The atrocity precipitated a rapid sequence of events: the president fled the country, a provisional government was put in place, and Russia annexed Crimea and intervened militarily in eastern Ukraine. An examination of Ukrainian churches’ involvement in this protest and the fall-out that it inspired opens up other questions and discussions about the churches’ identity and role in the country’s culture and its social and political history. Volume contributors examine Ukrainian churches’ historical development and singularity; their quest for autonomy; their active involvement in identity formation; their interpretations of the war and its causes; and the paths they have charted toward peace and unity.


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Russia and Its Northeast Asian Neighbors China, Japan, and Korea, 1858–1945


As a result of the Aigun (1858) and Beijing Treaties (1860) Russia had become a participant in international relations of Northeast Asia, but historiography has underestimated the presence of Russia and the USSR in this region. This collection elucidates how Russia's expansion affected early Meiji Japan's policy towards Korea and the late Qing Empire's Manchurian reform. Russia participated in the mega-imperial system of transportation and customs control in Northern China and created a transnational community around the Chinese Eastern Railway and Harbin City. The collection vividly describes daily life of the emigre Russians' community in Harbin after 1917. The collection investigates mutual images between the Russians and Japanese through the prism of the descriptions of the Japanese Imperial House in Russian newspapers and memoirs written by Russian POWs in and after the Russo-Japanese War and war journalism during this war. The first Soviet ambassador in Japan, V. Kopp, proposed to restore the division of spheres of interest between Russia and Japan during the tsarist era and thus conflicted People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs, G. Chicherin, the Soviet ambassador in Beijing, L. Karakhan, and Stalin, since the latter group was more loyal to the cause of China's national liberation. As a whole, the collection argues that it is difficult to understand the modern history of Northeast Asia without taking the Russian factor seriously.


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Paul Robert Magocsi (ed.):WITH THEIR BACKS TO THE MOUNTAINS A History of Carpathian Rus’ and Carpatho-Rusyns

This is a history of a stateless people, the Carpatho-Rusyns, and their historic homeland, Carpathian Rus’, located in the heart of central Europe. A little over 100,000 Carpatho-Rusyns are registered in official censuses but their population is estimated at around 1,000,000, the greater part in Ukraine and Slovakia. The majority of the diaspora—nearly 600,000—lives in the US.

At the present, when it is fashionable to speak of nationalities as “imagined communities” created by intellectuals or elites who may live in the historic homeland, Carpatho-Rusyns provide an ideal example of a people made—or some would say still being made—before our very eyes. The book traces the evolution of Carpathian Rus’ from earliest prehistoric times to the present, and the complex manner in which a distinct Carpatho-Rusyn people, since the mid-nineteenth century, came into being, disappeared, and then re-appeared in the wake of the revolutions of 1989 and the collapse of communist rule in central and eastern Europe.

To help guide the reader further there are 34 detailed maps plus an annotated discussion of relevant books, chapters, and journal articles.

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Creating Kashubia History, Memory, and Identity in Canada's First Polish Community

In recent years, over one million Canadians have claimed Polish heritage - a significant population increase since the first group of Poles came from Prussian-occupied Poland and settled in Wilno, Ontario, west of Ottawa in 1858. For over a century, descendants from this community thought of themselves as Polish, but this began to change in the 1980s due to the work of a descendant priest who emphasized the community’s origins in Poland’s Kashubia region. What resulted was the reinvention of ethnicity concurrent with a similar movement in northern Poland.
Creating Kashubia chronicles more than one hundred and fifty years of history, identity, and memory and challenges the historiography of migration and settlement in the region. For decades, authors from outside Wilno, as well as community insiders, have written histories without using the other’s stores of knowledge. Joshua Blank combines primary archival material and oral history with national narratives and a rich secondary literature to reimagine the period. He examines the socio-political and religious forces in Prussia, delves into the world of emigrant recruitment, and analyzes the trans-Atlantic voyage. In doing so, Blank challenges old narratives and traces the refashioning of the community’s ethnic identity from Polish to Kashubian.
An illuminating study, Creating Kashubia shows how changing identities and the politics of ethnic memory are locally situated yet transnationally influenced.

Table of Contents:


reface and Acknowledgments • ix
Figures and Tables • xiii
Introduction • 3

Part I Revisiting Historical Memory

  1. The Production of Knowledge and Canada’s First Polish Community • 19
  2. Poverty, Piety, and Political Persecution • 55
  3. Migration Memories • 99
  4. Intending Settlers: T.P. French and His Guidebook • 132
  5. Poor Land and Victorian Science • 144

Part II Cultural Redefinition

  1. The Origins and Development of the Kashubian Label • 177
  2. Legacies of Promotion: Cultural Redefinition and the Wilno Heritage Society • 210
  3. Epilogue • 238

Appendix: Emigrants from Prussian-Occupied Poland Who Settled
on the Opeongo and Surrounding Townships • 253

Notes • 257
Bibliography • 313
Index • 343

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Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River Edited by Marijeta Bozovic & Matthew D. Miller Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History ISBN: 9781618114877, Pages: 414 pp.; 26 illus. Publication Date: April 2016

From the German Black Forest to the Romanian and Ukrainian shores where it flows into the Black Sea, Europe’s second longest river connects ten countries, while its watershed covers four more. The Danube serves as an artery of a culturally diverse geographic region, frustrating attempts to divide Europe from non-Europe, and facilitating the flow of economic and cultural forms of international exchange. Yet the river has attracted surprisingly little scholarly attention, and what exists too often privileges single disciplinary or national perspectives. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the river and its cultural imaginaries, the anthology *Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River*remedies this neglect and explores the river as a site of transcultural engagement in the New Europe.


Katherine Arens, Micaela Baranello, Marijeta Bozovic, Robert Dassanowsky, Dragan Kujundžić, Jessie Labov, Robert Lemon, Amanda Lerner, Tomislav Longinović, Juliana Maxim, Matthew D. Miller, Robert Nemes, Tanya Richardson, Karl Solibakke, Jennifer Stob, Henry Sussman

Table of Contents:

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgments

River Futures Marijeta Bozovic and Matthew D. Miller

Chapter 1
Danube Limes: The Limits of the Geographic-Cultural Imaginary Katherine Arens

Chapter 2
Taking the Waters: The Danube’s Reception in Austrian and Central/Eastern European Cinema History Robert Dassanowsky

Chapter 3
Viennese Blood: Assimilation and Exclusion in Viennese Popular Music Micaela Baranello

Chapter 4
Caught in the Effluvial Draft: The Fluid Sources of the Folktale Henry Sussman

Chapter 5
New York on the Danube: The Transatlantic Transference of Habsburg Ethnology and Autocracy in Kafka’s Amerika: The Missing Person Robert Lemon

Chapter 6
Private Looking and Collective Memory in The Danube Exodus (1998) Jennifer Stob

Chapter 7
Jelinek and the Roma: A Danubian Tragedy Karl Ivan Solibakke

Chapter 8
Ravaged Empire: Water and Power in Prewar Hungary Robert Nemes

Chapter 9
Cold Days in the Cold War on the Hungarian-Serbian Border Jessie Labov

Chapter 10
Allergic Reactions: Danube and the Ex-centric Imaginary of Europe Tomislav Z. Longinović

Chapter 11
Against the Stream: The Danube, the Video, and the Nonbiodegradables of Europe Dragan Kujundžić

Chapter 12
Deconstructing Claims to (Jewish) Victimhood Amanda Lerner

Chapter 13
Modernization’s Undercurrents: The Folk in Postwar Socialist Romanian Architecture Juliana Maxim

Chapter 14
Where the Water Sheds: Disputed Deposits at the Ends of the Danube Tanya Richardson

BibliographyNotes on Watersheds and Its ContributorsIndex

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Shinichiro Tabata (Ed.): Eurasia's Regional Powers Compared – China, India, Russia , 2015, 244pp. ISBN: 978-1-138-78294-5

Taking a long view, and a wide perspective, this book by Japan's leading scholars on Asia and Eurasia provides a comprehensive and systematic comparison of the three greatest powers in the region and assesses how far the recent growth trajectories of these countries are sustainable in the long run. The book demonstrates the huge impact on the region of these countries. It examines the population, resource and economic basis for the countries' rise, considers political, social and cultural factors, and sets recent developments in a long historical context. Throughout, the different development paths of the three countries are compared and contrasted, and the new models for the future of the world order which they represent are analysed.

Table of Contents:

Introduction Shinichiro Tabata 
    Part 1: Economic Development 
  1. 1 Industrialization in the Process of Economic Reform: Comparative Analysis of China, Russia, and India Akira Uegaki 
  2. A Comparison of Trade Policy Reform in China, India, and Russia Tomoo Marukawa and Yugo Konno
  3. Emergence of Regional Powers in the International Financial System Shinichiro Tabata
  4. Part 2: Political Systems and Diplomacy 
  5. Power and Limitations of Dominant Party Control: United Russia, the Indian Congress, and the Chinese Communist Party Compared Atsushi Ogushi and Yuko Adachi 
  6. Client, Agent or Bystander? Patronage and Village Leadership in India, Russia and China Fumiki Tahara 
  7. Loss of Political Leadership and Passive "Triple Transformation" in the Former Soviet Union: A Comparison with China’s Reform Strategy Liang Tang 
  8. The Political Consequences of Peace: China’s Retreat for Survival, 1988-1991 Yoshifumi Nakai 
  9. India’s Pragmatic Diplomacy with Major Powers: A Comparative Study of the Strategic Partnership with the US, China, and Russia Toru Ito
  10. Part 3: History 
  11. Autonomous Regions in the Eurasian Borderlands as a Legacy of the First World War Yoshiro Ikeda 
  12. Empires and Sharia: A Comparison of Colonial Islamic Legal Systems Jun Akiba
  13. Part 4: Culture and Society
  14. Delineating Contours: Portrayal of Regional Powers in British Asian Migrant Literature Hisae Komatsu 
  15. Illusion and Mirror: Images of China in the Contemporary Russian Literature Go Koshino 
  16. UNESCO World Heritage in Regional Powers: Changing Representation of Cultural Heritage of Religious Interest Sanami Takahashi, Noriko Maejima, and Hiroshi Kobayashi

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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 often used for identity building and maintenance, but in Central and Eastern Europe they became the basis of nation building and national statehood maintenance. The recent split of the Serbo-Croatian language in the wake of the break-up of Yugoslavia amply illustrates the highly politicized role of languages in this region, which is also home to most of the world’s Slavic-speakers. This volume presents and analyzes the creation of languages across the Slavophone areas of the world and their deployment for political projects and identity building, mainly after 1989. The overview concludes with a reflection on the recent rise of Slavophone speech communities in Western Europe and Israel. The book brings together renowned international scholars who offer a variety of perspectives from a number of disciplines and sub-fields such as sociolinguistics, socio-political history and language policy, making this book of great interest to historians, sociologists, political scientists and anthropologists interested in Central and Eastern Europe and Slavic Studies.

Contributors to this volume include:

Andrej Bekeš, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Wayles Browne, Cornell University, USA
Andrii Danylenko, Pace University, USA
István Fried, University of Szeged, Hungary
Catherine Gibson, University College London, UK
Robert Greenberg, Hunter College of the City University of New York, USA
Brian D. Joseph, The Ohio State University, USA
Tomasz Kamusella, University of St Andrews, UK
Keith Langston, University of Georgia, USA
Jouko Lindstedt, University of Helsinki,
Finland Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto, Canada
Roland Marti, University of the Saarland, Germany
Elena Marushiakova, Independent Scholar
Vesselin Popov, Independent Scholar
Alexander Maxwell, Victoria University in Wellington,
New Zealand Michael A. Moser,University of Vienna, Austria
Motoki Nomachi, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Anna Novikov-Almagor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Anita Peti-Stantić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Irina Sedakova, Institute for Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Sarah Smyth, Independent Scholar Dieter Stern, Ghent University, Belgium
Klaus Steinke, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Paul Wexler, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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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 and culture, it presents a broad panorama of genres in post-Soviet literature such as postmodernism, magical historicism, hyper-naturalism (in drama), and the new lyricism. At the same time, it offers close readings of the most prominent works published in Russia since the end of the Soviet regime and elimination of censorship. The collection highlights the interdisciplinary context of twenty-first-century Russian literature and can be widely used both for research and teaching by specialists in and beyond Russian studies, including those in post-Cold War and post-communist world history, literary theory, comparative literature and cultural studies.

  • Presents a broad panorama of forms and genres of post-Soviet literature, covering the most important trends, topics, authors and texts in Russian literature since 1991 in practically all its literary genres
  • Combines a survey of post-Soviet Russian literature and culture with close readings of the most prominent works published in Russia over more than two decades
  • Challenges a traditional idea of Russian studies as chained to the classics of the nineteenth century and irrelevant to contemporary cultural debates.

Table of contents

1. The burden of freedom: Russian literature after Communism Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky
2. Recycling of the Soviet Evgeny Dobrenko
3. (Post)ideological novel Serguei Alex. Oushakine
4. Historical novel Kevin M. F. Platt
5. Dystopias and catastrophe tales after Chernobyl Eliot Borenstein
6. Magical historicism Alexander Etkind
7. Petropoetics Ilya Kalinin
8. Postmodernist novel Mark Lipovetsky
9. Narrating trauma Helena Goscilo
10. (Auto)biographical prose Marina Balina
11. The legacy of the Underground Poets Catherine Ciepiela
12. New lyrics Stephanie Sandler
13. Narrative poetry Ilya Kukulin
14. New drama Boris Wolfson
Works cited. 

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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 the Cold War belief systems never really disappeared, and that the hopes raised in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union for a new era in East-West relations were misplaced. The book pays special attention to the often ignored origins of the crisis within Ukraine itself, and the permanent damage caused by the fact that Ukrainians are killing Ukrainians in the eastern parts of the country. It also assesses why Cold War belief systems have re-emerged so easily, and concludes by considering the likely long-term ramifications of the crisis, arguing that the deep-rooted lack of trust makes the possibility of compromise even harder than in the original Cold War.


Table of contents

International Relations
1. Assisted Suicide: Internal and External Causes of the Ukrainian Crisis, Sergei Plekhanov
2. Caught Between Russia and NATO: The EU During and After the Ukrainian Crisis, Michael Johns
3. Belarus in the ‘New Cold War’: A Promising Mediator?, Yann Breault
4. The Crisis in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora: February-December 2014, Serge Cipko Military
5. Brothers Disunited: Russia’s Use of Military Power in Ukraine, Roger McDermott
6. Explaining the Ukrainian Army’s Defeat in Donbass in 2014 Paul Robinson Economic and Social Considerations
7. Western Economic Sanctions and Russia’s East-West Economic Orientation, V.V. Popov
8.Lost and Forgotten: The Conflict Through the Eyes of the Donbass People, Elena Maltseva Image and Perception
9. Setting the Tone. Misinformation and Disinformation from Kyiv, Moscow, Washington, and Brussels in 2014. J.L. Black
10. Shaping New Narratives: How New Histories are Created, Ivan Kurilla
11. German Attitudes towards Russia: The Post-Maidan Era in Context, Tim Nieguth
12. The Maidan Massacre in Ukraine: A Summary of Analysis, Evidence, and Findings, Ivan Katchanovski
13. Conclusion, J.L. Black


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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 histoire riche et mouvementée en incluant à la présentation proprement historique une réflexion originale sur les conflits de mémoire qui jalonnent les oppositions politiques et culturelles du pays.

Georges Mink propose une analyse aussi bien historique que socio-politique des 100 dernières années de l’histoire de la Pologne.

Sociologue et politologue, Georges Mink est Directeur de Recherche émérite à l’Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (ISP-CNRS) et Professeur au Collège d’Europe à Natolin (Pologne). Spécialiste reconnu des pays d’Europe centrale et orientale, il a écrit et co-écrit de nombreux ouvrages sur le sujet. Il a été élu en 2015 Président du International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES)


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, and with it EU integration, have proceeded so differently. Country experts analyze the seven states that emerged from the former Yugoslavia and point towards unique developments in these countries that have had a profound impact on their foreign policy. From Kosovo's struggle for recognition to Macedonia's name dispute with Greece, this volume discusses foreign policy from a unique insider perspective, thereby offering an original analysis of decision-making processes and foreign policy instruments in the post-Yugoslav states.


Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Foreign Policies of the post-Yugoslav States; Soeren Keil and Bernhard Stahl
2. Allies are Forever (until they are no more): Yugoslavia's Multivectoral Foreign Policy during Titoism; Katrin Boeckh

3. From the Balkans to Central Europe and Back: The Foreign Policy of Slovenia; Ana Bojinović Fenko und Zlatko Šabič
4. Croatia fast-forward Foreign Policy: From Yugoslavia to the EU
Senada Šelo Šabić

5. Policy Consensus during Institutional Change: Macedonian Foreign Policy since Independence; Cvete Koneska
6. Complex System, Complex Foreign Policy: The Foreign Policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Adnan Huskić
7. An Orpheus Syndrome? Serbian Foreign Policy after the Dissolution of Yugoslavia; Mladen Mladenov
8. From Creeping to Sprinting: The Foreign Policy of Montenegro; Jelena Džankić
9. Foreign Policy as a Constitutive Element of Statehood and Statehood Prerogative: The Case of Kosovo ; Gëzim Krasniqi
10. Conclusion: Foreign Policy Analysis and the post-Yugoslav State; Amelia Hadfield

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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 Party and Karadžić's personal transformation from an unremarkable family man to the powerful leader of the Bosnian Serb nationalists. Based on previously unused documents from the tribunal's archives and many hours of Karadžić's cross-examination at his trial, the author shows why and how the Bosnian Serb leader planned and directed the worst atrocities in Europe since the Second World War. This book provocatively argues that postcommunist democracy was a primary enabler of mass atrocities because it provided the means to mobilize large numbers of Bosnian Serbs for the campaign to eliminate non-Serbs from conquered land.

 Table of contents

1. Youth of hardship, lands of lore
2. Sacrificial founder
3. Naïve nationalist
4. Milošević's willing disciple
5. The autumn of Radovan's rage
6. Visionary planner
7. Euroskeptic
8. Imperious Serb unifier
9. Triumphant conspirator
10. Strategic multitasker
11. Callous perpetrator
12. Duplicitous diplomat
13. Host in solitude
14. Architect of genocide
15. Falling star
16. Resourceful fugitive

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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, provides a comprehensive overview of planning in Eastern Europe. Each chapter discusses the nature of planning in the country in question and the changes which have taken place since 1945, and examines regional, economic, land-use, environmental protection and urban design policies and their achievements in the post- 1945 period. Introductory chapters discuss the physical, economic and political background of the area and a conclusion considers overall successes and failures and discusses likely future developments. This book is ideal for students of geography.

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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. The book advances a series of arguments concerning the context and text of these parties, and systematically analyses the supply-side and demand-side of populist radical right politics. Whilst populist radical right parties in Central and Eastern Europe maintain broad similarities with their West European counterparts, they come across as a distinct phenomenon worthy of study in their own right. Parties like Ataka (Bulgaria), Jobbik (Hungary), and the SNS (Slovakia) resort to historical legacies and contextual idiosyncrasies to frame their ideology; interact with other parties over a number of policy areas; and ultimately compete for public office on the basis of their nativist agenda.
The book provides a novel framework for the analysis of different aspects of populist radical right politics, notably enhancing the understanding of this phenomenon by means of primary data such as personal interviews with party leaders and original expert surveys. Using the ideological features of these parties as an overarching analytical tool, this book is essential reading for students and scholars researching the far right, post-communist issues and European politics in general.


Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. The Context and Issues of the Prophets of the Patria 
3. The Ideology of the Populist Radical Right in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Slovakia 
4. Exploring the Dimensionality and Assessing the Impact of Populist Radical Right Parties
5. Demand and Supply: The Electoral Performance of the Populist Radical Right
6. Conclusions

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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 and Eastern Europe and evaluates the nature and effectiveness of the Europeanization process. It comparatively explores the process of democratic consolidation and accession to the European Union in Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Using these case studies, the book assesses the impact of the EU on the accountability and integrity of governments in this part of Europe.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratization studies, European studies, EU studies, transition studies, area studies, and international relations.


Table of contents

1 Effective Control and Proper Exercise of the Executive Power: Between Democratic Consolidation and Europeanization
2 Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe: Domestic Factors, Paths and Outcomes
3 The External Influence on Democracy of the European Union: Strategies, Tools and Limits
4 Building Democratic and Accountable Governments
5 Ensuring Integrity: Between Political Behaviour and Policy-making
6 Accountability and Integrity: Between National Paths and European Pressures
7 Conclusions


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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 special interest groups as vehicles of protectionism and non-productive collusion. This book challenges this perspective with evidence of market-friendly activities by industry associations and their benign influence on patterns of public governance. Careful analysis of cross-national quantitative data spanning more than 25 countries, and qualitative examination of business associations in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Croatia, shows that postcommunist business associations function as substitutes for state and private mechanisms of economic governance. These arguments and empirical findings put the long-standing issues of economic regulations, public goods and collective action in a new theoretical perspective.


Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Collective action in adverse business environments
3. Postcommunist business representation in a comparative perspective
4. Business environment and business organization: the quantitative approach
5. What you do is what you are: business associations in action
6. Compulsory vs voluntary membership
7. Conclusions.

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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 masculinity in film, literary fiction and popular television series, and discusses the repercussions of this culture of violence for cultural symbolism, political decision-making, nation-building and international relations. It shows how Putin’s continuing popularity is linked to his projection of himself as a macho leader, and how some media is subversive of these popular and state attitudes, portraying "real men" who turn out to be weak and hollow, as is the ideology underpinning them.

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Erica T. Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.): Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland, USA 2015, 312pp. ISBN: 9780253015006

In a time of national introspection regarding the country’s involvement in the persecution of Jews, Poland has begun to reimagine spaces of and for Jewishness in the Polish landscape, not as a form of nostalgia but as a way to encourage the pluralization of contemporary society. The essays in this book explore issues of the restoration, restitution, memorializing, and tourism that have brought present inhabitants into contact with initiatives to revive Jewish sites. They reveal that an emergent Jewish presence in both urban and rural landscapes exists in conflict and collaboration with other remembered minorities, engaging in complex negotiations with local, regional, national, and international groups and interests. With its emphasis on spaces and built environments, this volume illuminates the role of the material world in the complex encounter with the Jewish past in contemporary Poland.


Table of contents

Introduction / Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng

1. "Oświęcim"/ "Auschwitz": Archeology of a Mnemonic Battleground / Geneviève Zubrzycki
2. Restitution of Communal Property and the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland / Stanislaw Tyszka
3. Muranów as a Ruin: Layered Memories in Postwar Warsaw / Michael Meng
4. Stettin, Szczecin, and the "Third Space." Urban nostalgia in the German/Polish/Jewish borderlands / Magdalena Waligórska
5. Rediscovering the Jewish Past in the Polish Provinces: The Socio-Economics of Nostalgia / Monika Murzyn-Kupisz
6. Amnesia, Nostalgia, and Reconstruction: Shifting Modes of Memory in Poland’s Jewish Spaces / Slawomir Kapralski
7. Jewish Heritage, Pluralism, and Milieux de Memoire: the case of Krakow’s Kazimierz / Erica Lehrer
8. The Ethnic Cleansing of the German-Polish-Jewish ‘Lodzermensch’ / Winson Chu
9. Stony Survivors: Images of Jewish Space on the Polish Landscape / Robert L. Cohn
10. Reading the Palimpsest / Konstanty Gebert
11. A Jew, a Cemetery, and a Polish Village: A Tale of the Restoration of Memory
Jonathan Webber
12. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews: A Post-War, Post-Holocaust, Post-Communist Story / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Epilogue: Jewish Spaces and their Future / Diana Pinto




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Maple Razsa (ed.): Bastards of Utopia, Living Radical Politics after Socialism, 2015, 312pp. ISBN: 9780253015860

Bastards of Utopia, the companion to a feature documentary film of the same name, explores the experiences and political imagination of young radical activists in the former Yugoslavia, participants in what they call alterglobalization or "globalization from below." Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching—an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country's youth.


Table of contents


1. Grassroots Globalization in National Soil

2. Uncivil Society: NGOs, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Limits of Polite Protest

3. "Feeling the State on Your Own Skin": Direct Confrontation and the Production of Militant Subjects

4. "Struggling For What Is Not Yet": The Right to the City in Zagreb

5. The Occupy Movement: Direct Democracy and a Politics of Becoming

Conclusion: From Critique to Affirmation

Author Bio

Maple Razsa is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. A documentary filmmaker, his work includes Bastards of Utopia (2010) and Occupation: A Film about the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In (2002; both with Pacho Velez).

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Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly, Nikolai Vakhtin (eds.): Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism, 2015, 304pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-69504-6

In Soviet times, anthropologists in the Soviet Union were closely involved in the state’s work of nation building. They helped define official nationalities, and gathered material about traditional customs and suitably heroic folklore, whilst at the same time refraining from work on the reality of contemporary Soviet life. Since the end of the Soviet Union anthropology in Russia has been transformed. International research standards have been adopted, and the focus of research has shifted to include urban culture and difficult subjects, such as xenophobia. However, this transformation has been, and continues to be, controversial, with, for example, strongly contested debates about the relevance of Western anthropology and cultural theory to post-Soviet reality. This book presents an overview of how anthropology in Russia has changed since Soviet times, and showcases examples of important Russian anthropological work. As such, the book will be of great interest not just to Russian specialists, but also to anthropologists more widely, and to all those interested in the way academic study is related to prevailing political and social conditions.


Table of contents

Introduction Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly, Nikolai Vakhtin

1. Writing the History of Russian Anthropology Sergei Sokolovsky

2. Female Taboos and Concepts of the Unclean among the Nenets. Elena Liarskaya

3. 'The Wrong Nationality’: Ascribed Identity in the 1930s Soviet Union Albert Baiburin

4. The Queue as Narrative: A Soviet Case Study Konstantin Bogdanov

5. ‘I Didn’t Understand, But It Was Funny’: Late Soviet Festivals and their Impact on Children Catriona Kelly, Svetlana Sirotinina

6. The Practices of ‘Privacy’ in a South Russian Village (a Case Study of Stepnoe, Krasnodar Region) Alexander Manuylov

7. Believers’ Letters as Advertising: St Xenia of Petersburg’s ‘National Reception Centre’ Jeanne Kormina, Sergei Shtyrkov

8. ‘The Yellow Peril’ as Seen in Contemporary Church Culture Mariya Akhmetova

9. ‘Don’t Look at Them, They’re Nasty’: Photographs of Funerals in Russian Culture Olga Boitsova

10. Historical Zaryadye as Remembered by Locals: Cultural Meanings of City Spaces Pavel Kupriyanov. Lyudmila Sadovnikova

11. Yerevan: Memory and Forgetting in the Organization of Post-Soviet Urban Space Levon Abrahamian


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Susanne Oxenstierna (ed.): The Challenges for Russia's Politicized Economic System, 2015, 242pp. ISBN: 9781138796621

During the early 2000s the market liberalization reforms to the Russian economy, begun in the 1990s, were consolidated, but since the mid 2000s economic policy has moved into a new phase, characterized by more state intervention with less efficiency and more structural problems. Corruption, weak competitiveness, heavy dependency on energy exports, an unbalanced labour market, and unequal regional development are trends that have arisen and which, this book argues, will worsen unless the government changes direction. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the current Russian economic system, highlighting especially structural and institutional defects, and areas where political considerations are causing distortions, and puts forward proposals on how the present situation could be remedied.


Table of contents

1. Introduction Susanne Oxenstierna

2. Putin's Rent Management System and the Future of Addiction in Russia Clifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. Ickes

3. Between Light and Shadow: Informality in the Russian Labour Market Vladimir Gimpelson and Rostislav Kapeliushnikov

4. State-Business Relations in Russia after 2011: 'New Deal' or Imitation of Changes? Andrei Yakovlev

5. Is Russia an Entrepreneurial Society? A Comparative Perspective Ruta Aidis

6. The Role of Institutions in the Russian Economy Susanne Oxenstierna

7. The Impact of Oil Prices, Total Factor Productivity and Institutional Weakness on Russia's Declining Growth Masaaki Kuboniwa

8. From the Dual to the Triple State? Richard Sakwa

9. The Basis for Institutions Among the Population in Russia Carolina Vendil Pallin

10. Russia's Emerging Civil Society Jens Siegert

11. Regional Inequality and Potential for Modernization Natalia Zubarevich

12. Promoting Sustainability in Russia's Arctic: Integrating Local, Regional, Federal, and Corporate Interests Robert W. Orttung

13. Russian Regional Resilience: Cooperation and Resource Abundance: A Case Study of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug Irina N. Ilina, Carol S. Leonard and Evgeniy E. Plisetskiy

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Vojtech Mastny, Zhu Liqun (eds.): The Legacy of the Cold War, Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict. 2015, 388pp. ISBN: 9780739187890

The unexpected end of the protracted conflict has been a sobering experience for scholars. No theory had anticipated how the Cold War would be terminated, and none should also be relied upon to explicate its legacy. But instead of relying on preconceived formulas to project past developments, taking a historical perspective to explain their causes and consequences allows one to better understand trends and their long-term significance. The present book takes such perspective, focusing on the evolution of security, its substance as well as its perception, the concurrent development of alliances and other cooperative structures for security, and their effectiveness in managing conflicts.
In The Legacy of the Cold War Vojtech Mastny and Zhu Liqun bring together scholars to examine the worldwide effects of the Cold War on international security. Focusing on regions where the Cold War made the most enduring impact―the Euro-Atlantic area and East Asia―historians, political scientists, and international relations scholars explore alliances and other security measures during the Cold War and how they carry over into the twenty-first century.


Table of contents


Mark Kramer

Introduction1 The Cold War’s Legacy for International Security: A Historical OverviewVojtech MastnyVincent Keating and Nicholas Wheeler

Part I. The Western ExperienceWilliam R. KeylorLawrence S. KaplanMalcolm ByrneWilllem van EekelenAndreas Wenger and Daniel Möckli

Part II. The Asian ExperienceRobert J. McMahonLorenz Lüthi

Huang Yuxing

Zhu LiqunVojtech Mastny and Zhu Liqun

About the Contributors


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Mark Harrison (ed.): Guns and Rubles: The Defense Industry in the Stalinist State. 2014, 300pp. ISBN: 0300209126

For this book a distinguished team of economists and historians-R. W. Davies, Paul R. Gregory, Andrei Markevich, Mikhail Mukhin, Andrei Sokolov, and Mark Harrison-scoured formerly closed Soviet archives to discover how Stalin used rubles to make guns. Focusing on various aspects of the defense industry, a top-secret branch of the Soviet economy, the volume's contributors uncover new information on the inner workings of Stalin's dictatorship, military and economic planning, and the industrial organization of the Soviet economy. Previously unknown details about Stalin's command system come to light, as do fascinating insights into the relations between Soviet public and private interests. The authors show that defense was at the core of Stalin's system of rule; single-minded management of the defense sector helped him keep his grip on power.


Table of contents

1. The Dictator and Defense
Mark Harrison

2. Before Stalinism: The Early 1920s
Andrei Sokolov

3. Hierarchies and Markets: The Defense Industry Under Stalin
Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich

4. Planning the Supply of Weapons: The 1930s
Andrei Markevich

5. Planning for Mobilization: The 1930s
R. W. Davies

6. The Soviet Market for Weapons
Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich

7. The Market for Labor in the 1930s: The Aircraft Industry
Mikhail Mukhin

8. The Market for Inventions: Experimental Aircraft Engines
Mark Harrison

9. Secrecy
Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Author Bio

Mark Harrison has been a professional ELT author for 15 years. He has written a wide range of practice test books, for the IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC exams. He has also been the Chair of and a writer for a variety of Cambridge exams, including IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC. In addition, he has written both grammar and vocabulary books, and contributed to dictionaries, CD-ROMs and online materials.

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Georges Mink, Laure Neumayer (eds.): History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Memory games, 2015, 288pp. ISBN: 978-0-230-35433-3

Twenty years after the end of communism, the history of Central and Eastern Europe still sparks intense discussions in the former Soviet bloc, as contested memories, primarily about communist repression and WWII, are relived. This volume goes beyond the state-centred approach that so often characterises the study of memory-issues in post-communist countries and highlights two interrelated factors that account for the recent proliferation of memory games in Central and Eastern Europe including, but not limited to, the growth in number of political and social actors who try to elaborate and impose new memory norms into society and the 'internationalization' of conflicted memories. In contrast to a narrow understanding of 'transitional justice', this collection of fourteen case studies situates conflicts around painful histories within the 'ordinary' operating of post-communist societies, concentrating on games played by political and administrative elites, activists and professional groups in various local, national and European venues.


Table of contents

List of Illustrations
General Editor’s Preface
Notes on Contributors

Introduction by Georges Mink and Laure Neumayer

Part I:   Mobilizations around Memory: New Actors, New Issues

1.  Cécile Jouhanneau:  Would-be Guardians of Memory: An Association of Camp Inmates of the 1992–95 Bosnian War under Ethnographic Scrutiny    
2.  Kathy Rousselet:  The Russian Orthodox Church and Reconciliation with the Soviet Past
3.  Machteld Venken:  ‘You Still Live Far from the Motherland, but You Are Her Son, Her Daughter.’ War Memory and Soviet Mental Space (1945–2011)  
4.  Eva Fisli and Jocelyn Parot:  Pilgrimages to the Edge of the Fallen Empire – An Anthropological Study of Finnish and Hungarian Pilgrimages to Second World War Memorials in Post-Soviet Russia   
5.  Sarah Fainbergv:  Memory at the Margins: The Shoah in Ukraine (1991–2011)          

Part II:   Memory Policies and Historical Narratives: How Do States Deal with Memories of the Past?

6.  Irmina Matonyte:  The Elites’ Games in the Field of Memory: Insights from Lithuania       
7.  Tatiana Kasperski:  The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident and Identity Strategies in Belarus       
8.  Filipa Raimundo:  Dealing with the Past in Central and Southern European Democracies: Comparing Spain and Poland 
9.  Georges Mink:  Institutions of National Memory in Post-Communist Europe: From Transitional Justice to Political Uses of Biographies (1989–2010)       

Part III:   International Norms and ‘Geopolitics of Memory’

10.  Tatiana Zhurzhenko:  Memory Wars and Reconciliation in the Ukrainian–Polish Borderlands: Geopolitics of Memory from a Local Perspective           
11.  Pascal Bonnard:  Memory of the Soviet Union and European Norms on Diversity as Rival Frameworks for Ethnic Boundary Making: A Case Study in Latvia’s Russian-speaking Schools     
12.  Laure Neumayer:  Symbolic Policies versus European Reconciliation: The Hungarian ‘Status Law’   
13.  Guillaume Mouralis:  The Rejection of International Criminal Law in West Germany after the Second World War 
14.  Philippe Perchoc:  History as a Tool for Foreign Policy in the Baltic States after Independence       

Conclusion by Georges Mink and Laure Neumayer

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Cerwyn Moore (ed.): Contemporary violence. Postmodern war in Kosovo and Chechnya, 2015, 196pp. ISBN: 9780719075995

This book draws on several years of field research, as well as interpretive IR theory and analysis of empirical source material so as to shed light on contemporary violence.
Drawing on interpretive approaches to International Relations, the book argues that founding events and multiple contexts informed the narratives deployed by different members of each movement, illustrating why elements within the Kosovo Liberation Army and the armed forces of the Chechen republic of Ichkeria favoured regional and local strategies of war in the Balkans and the North Caucasus. The book draws on post-positivist analysis and empirical research so as unravel the relationship between narratives, stories and hermeneutic accounts of International Relations; regional politics and trans-local identity; globalisation and visual aspects of contemporary security; criminality and emotionality; which together illustrate the dynamics within the armed resistance movements in Kosovo and the North Caucasus and the road to war in 1999.
The book is a major addition to a small field of genuinely readable studies of IR theory. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, students, area studies experts and policy-makers seeking to understand the formation of the armed resistance movements in Kosovo and Chechnya. Amongst other things, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Political Studies, Area Studies, as well as those within Cultural and Historical and Sociological Studies.


Table of contents

Introduction: Alternative Approaches to Violence in International Relations

1. Narrative Identity and the Challenge of Literary Global Politics: Towards Interpretive Pluralism
2. Kosovo and Chechnya/Kosova and Ichkeria
3. Regional Politics, Trans-Local Identity and History
4. Globalisation and Conflict: Screening War in Kosovo and Chechnya
5. Stories of War in the Balkans and Caucasus
6. Criminality and War
7. The Politics of Emotionality
8. Networks and Narratives: The Road to War in the Balkans and Caucasus

Selected Bibliography


Cerwyn Moore: Sleepless in Chechnya
by Chris Arnot from The Guardian

A terrorism expert tells Chris Arnot what turns people - especially women - into suicide bombers.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Dr Cerwyn Moore is an insomniac. His academic research has taken him to dangerous places to interview warlords and the survivors of terrorist atrocities. "When I get back, I can't sleep for days," he confides. "But I couldn't go to the pub and talk about it, because nobody would understand - apart, perhaps, from a soldier on leave from Iraq."
More sleepless nights probably lie ahead as he contemplates a return to the borders of Chechnya for the second anniversary of the attack by Chechen rebels on a school at Beslan. The death toll was close to 350, and at least 186 of those killed were children. "I want to go back to get a feel of what's still going on in a war that's little reported," he says.
Moore is a senior lecturer in international relations at Nottingham Trent University and something of a "talking head" whenever the conflict in Chechnya reignites and the media need expert comment. One of his quests is to understand the mentality of suicide bombers - female ones, in particular. "It's a complete transformation of society's expectations of women," he says. "Traditionally, they are carers rather than killers, bringers of life into the world rather than takers away. Now there are women killing themselves in order to kill others."
Unlike the suicide bombers of the Middle East, Chechen rebels are fired up by nationalism, says Moore. "It's a mistake to look at the so-called war on terror in Iraq and then transpose the conclusions to other conflicts. Although the Chechens are Sufi Muslims, the resistance is essentially about nationalism. (...)

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Daniela Kalkandjieva (ed.): The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948. From Decline to Resurrection, 2015, 378pp. ISBN: 9781138788480

This book tells the remarkable story of the decline and revival of the Russian Orthodox Church in the first half of the twentieth century and the astonishing U-turn in the attitude of the Soviet Union’s leaders towards the church. In the years after 1917 the Bolsheviks’ anti-religious policies, the loss of the former western territories of the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union’s isolation from the rest of the world and the consequent separation of Russian emigrés from the church were disastrous for the church, which declined very significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. However, when Poland was partitioned in 1939 between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Stalin allowed the Patriarch of Moscow, Sergei, jurisdiction over orthodox congregations in the conquered territories and went on, later, to encourage the church to promote patriotic activities as part of the resistance to the Nazi invasion. He agreed a Concordat with the church in 1943, and continued to encourage the church, especially its claims to jurisdiction over émigré Russian orthodox churches, in the immediate postwar period. Based on extensive original research, the book puts forward a great deal of new information and overturns established thinking on many key points.


Table of contents


1. The Dissolution of the Russian Orthodox Church (1917-1939)
2. The Sergian Church in the Annexed Territories (September 1939 – June 1941)
3. The Holy War of the Sergian Church
4. The Sergian Church and Western Christianity
5. The Moscow Patriarchate Restored
6. The Growth of Moscow’s Jurisdiction
7. Russian Émigré Churches beyond Stalin’s Grasp (1945-1947)
8. The Moscow Patriarchate and the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches outside the Soviet Union (1944-1947)
9. Toward an Eighth Ecumenical Council (1944-1948)


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Agnieszka Halemba (ed.): The Telengits of Southern Siberia. Landscape, Religion and Knowledge in Motion, 2015, 226pp ISBN: 9780415360005

In a new and engaging study, Halemba explores the religion and world outlook of the Telengits of Altai. The book provides an account of the Altai, its peoples, clans and political structures, focusing particularly on on the Telengits, whilst also considering the different elements of religious belief exhibited among these native peoples.
Paradoxically, as the demand for national recognition grows among such people, and with it the need for more formal state structures, built around the nation, religion too begins to become formalized, and loses its natural, all-pervasive character. With the Telengits, whose natural religion includes elements of Buddhism, this takes the form of a debate as to whether the state religion of their polity is to be Buddhism or, contrary to the character of shamanism, a formal, structured, fixed shamanism. This is a comprehensive anthropological account of the contemporary religious life of the Telengits, holding important implications for wider debates in sociology and politics.


Table of contents


Part 1: Landscape and Movement

1. The Altai, the Altaians and the Telengits
2. Sacred Land and the Significance of Places
3. Moving Through a Powerful Landscape
4. Rites of Springs

Part 2: Ritual and Knowledge

5. Chaga Bairam
6. Ontology of the Spirits
7. Lamas and Shamans
8. Ritual and Revival


About the Author

Agnieszka E. Halemba has conducted anthropological research in southern Siberia since 1993. She received her first degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland. In 2002 she received her PhD in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, Poland.


Frederik Coene (ed.): The Caucasus. An Introduction, 2015, 250pp ISBN: Paperback 9780415666831

The Caucasus is one of the most complicated regions in the world: with many different peoples and political units, differing religious allegiances, and frequent conflicts, and where historically major world powers have clashed with each other. Until now there has been no single book for those wishing to learn about this complex region. This book fills the gap, providing a clear, comprehensive introduction to the Caucasus, which is suitable for all readers. It covers the geography; the historical development of the region; economics; politics and government; population; religion and society; culture and traditions; alongside its conflicts and international relations. Written throughout in an accessible style, it requires no prior knowledge of the Caucasus. The book will be invaluable for those researching specific issues, as well as for readers needing a thorough introduction to the region.
Table of contents

1. Geography
2. Territorial Division, Government and Administration
3. Population and Society
4. History
5. Conflicts
6. International Politics
7. Economy
8. Culture, Mentality and Traditions

Frederik Coene is no stranger to the Caucasus. Currently the Attaché dealing with post-conflict assistance in the European Commissions’ Mission to Georgia, he has also worked in organisations on both sides of the Caucasus Mountains, dealing with conflicts and developments. It is unfortunate that Mr Coene’s on-ground experience – he worked in the North Caucasus during the savage violence of the Beslan school siege, for instance - does not always come through in this informative, but sometimes slightly shallow, volume.
To be clear, The Caucasus: An Introduction is intended to be just that. Mr Coene sets out his aim at the beginning: a thorough introductory volume which would “provide factual information [and also] help the reader to understand the Caucasus a bit better”. The author argues that, for all the books on the Caucasus, there are none which combine and link the many different aspects of the region into a whole.
This is true to a great extent, but without the analysis which Mr Coene states he will not offer, it becomes difficult to link the different chapters - geography, administration, population and society, history, conflicts, international politics, economy, and culture – together, leaving him open to the same charge as his critics. Each chapter stands more or less alone.
Indeed, the main accusation that could be leveled at this volume is that its strength – its broad sweep – is also its weakness – a lack of any thorough assessment. The ongoing violence in the North Caucasus, a near-continuous cycle of insurgency and repression, is offloaded in a few dry sentences. Of the dynamics of the insurgency – the replacement of Chechen nationalism with extremist Islam, the huge upsurge in violence in Ingushetia and Dagestan (in particular) – Mr Coene says very little. Given his first-hand knowledge of the situation, these passages are crying out for additional colour and information. Although the danger of trying to write on current events is obvious – the references to the Georgian war are necessarily brief and already partly outdated – there was ample scope for more dynamic writing on the region’s contemporary challenges.
The desire to cover so much ground inevitably leads to a lack of focus. The historical section is a dizzying blur of kings, with different empires rising and falling in the space of a few pages. To be sure, the evidence for many of these states and individuals is often scarce, and reading about the ebb and flow of Kartli or the Safavids may be a useful primer, but it cannot be much more than this. The chapters on conflicts and international politics – probably the most relevant chapters for the lay reader – lack the depth and analysis required to make them truly valuable reading. It may seem odd to some readers that the chapter on conflicts is only four pages longer than the chapter on geography, for instance. Indeed, a focus on geographical and administrative issues weighs down the first part of the book. The book is targeted at the lay reader, but it is hard to imagine many lay readers wishing to know about soil types or the structure of the legislature in Krasnodar Kray.
However, these criticisms should not detract from the book’s merits. Its breadth is a drawback, but it is also a strength. Seldom in one volume has there been such an array of information gathered on the Caucasus, and as a reference volume, The Caucasus: An Introduction is very useful indeed. But as an in-depth analysis of the region’s challenges, opportunities and ongoing dynamics, it leaves something to be desired.
by Alexander Jackson, Senior Editor of the Caucasian Review of International Affairs.

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Tina Burrett (ed.): Television and Presidential Power in Putin’s Russia, 2015, 300pp ISBN: 9780415838146

As a new president takes power in Russia, this book provides an analysis of the changing relationship between control of Russian television media and presidential power during the tenure of President Vladimir Putin. It argues that the conflicts within Russia’s political and economic elites, and President Putin’s attempts to rebuild the Russian state after its fragmentation during the Yeltsin administration, are the most significant causes of changes in Russian media. Tina Burrett demonstrates that President Putin sought to increase state control over television as part of a larger programme aimed at strengthening the power of the state and the position of the presidency at its apex, and that such control over the media was instrumental to the success of the president’s wider systemic changes that have redefined the Russian polity.
The book also highlights the ways in which oligarchic media owners in Russia used television for their own political purposes, and that media manipulation was not the exclusive preserve of the Kremlin, but a common pattern of behaviour in elite struggles in the post-Soviet era. Basing its analysis predominately on interviews with key players in the Moscow media and political elites, and on secondary sources drawn from the Russian and Western media, the book examines broad themes that have been the subject of constant media interest, and have relevance beyond the confines of Russian politics.

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Jessica Greenberg (ed.): After the Revolution. Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia, 2014, 248pp, ISBN: 9780804791151

What happens to student activism once mass protests have disappeared from view, and youth no longer embody the political frustrations and hopes of a nation? After the Revolution chronicles the lives of student activists as they confront the possibilities and disappointments of democracy in the shadow of the recent revolution in Serbia. Greenberg's narrative highlights the stories of young student activists as they seek to define their role and articulate a new form of legitimate political activity, post-socialism.
When student activists in Serbia helped topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic on October 5, 2000, they unexpectedly found that the post-revolutionary period brought even greater problems. How do you actually live and practice democracy in the wake of war and the shadow of a recent revolution? How do young Serbians attempt to translate the energy and excitement generated by wide scale mobilization into the slow work of building democratic institutions? Greenberg navigates through the ranks of student organizations as they transition their activism from the streets back into the halls of the university. In exploring the everyday practices of student activists—their triumphs and frustrations—After the Revolution argues that disappointment is not a failure of democracy but a fundamental feature of how people live and practice it. This fascinating book develops a critical vocabulary for the social life of disappointment with the aim of helping citizens, scholars, and policymakers worldwide escape the trap of framing new democracies as doomed to failure.


Table of contents



1. Against the Future: Youth and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia

2. Embodying Citizenship: The Changing Politics of Protest

3. Revolution and Reform: Citizenship and the Contradictions of Neoliberal University Reform

4. Ethics of Knowledge: expertise, Branding and (In)visibility as Forms of Democratic Representation

5. "We Have to Be Politicians": Proceduralism and the Depoliticization of Politics

Conclusion: Democracy and Revolution After the Cold War


Works Cited


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Olga Gurova (ed.): Fashion and the Consumer Revolution in Contemporary Russia, 2014, 182pp, ISBN: 978-0-415-84135-1

This book explores how clothing consumption has changed in Russia in the past 20 years as capitalism has grown in a postsocialist state, bringing with it a "consumer revolution." It shows how there has been and continues to be a massive change in the fashion retail market and how ideal lifestyles portrayed in glossy magazines and other media have contributed to the consumer revolution, as have shifts in the social structure and everyday life. Overall, the book, which includes the findings of extensive original research, including in-depth interviews with consumers, relates changes in fashion and retail to changing outlooks, identities, and ideologies in Russia more generally. The mentioned changes are also linked to the theoretical concept of fashion formed in postsocialist society.


Table of contents

Introduction: "We Started to Dress more Better"

1. Media and the Ideology of Consumption and Fashion: The Case of Krestianka

2. From Shuttle Traders to Shopping Malls: Retail Trade Transformations and Consumer Experience

3. "We are not Rich Enough to Buy Cheap Things": The Middle Class as a Clothing Consumer

4. "People Dress so Brightly Here!": Exploring Social Distinctions Through Clothing

5. "When I Put on a Fur Coat, Everyone Knows I am Russian": Clothing Consumption of Russian Migrants in Finland

6. From Russia to Finland: Exploring Cross-border Shopping

7. Fashion and Time: The Lifespan of Clothing

8. "Semiotic Baggage" and Fashion Conclusion


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Alexander Agadjanian, Ansgar Jödicke, Evert van der Zweerde (eds.): Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus, 2014, 280pp, ISBN: 978-1-13-802290-4

This book explores developments in the three major societies of the South Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – focusing especially on religion, historical traditions, national consciousness, and political culture, and on how these factors interact. It outlines how, despite close geographical interlacement, common historical memories and inherited structures, the three countries have deep differences; and it discusses how development in all three nations has differed significantly from the countries’ declared commitments to democratic orientation and European norms and values. The book also considers how external factors and international relations continue to impact on the three countries.


Table of contents

Introduction Alexander Agadjanian, Ansgar Jödicke and Evert van der Zweerde

Part 1: Conceptual Frames
1. General Trends in the Interaction of Religion and Politics as Applied to the South Caucasus Ansgar Jödicke
2. Ethnicity, Nation and Religion: Current Debates and South Caucasian Reality Alexander Agadjanian
3. Democratic Repertoires – The South Caucasus Case(s) Evert van der Zweerde

Part 2: Religion and Politics Introduction Ketevan Khutsishvili
4. Secularization and Desecularization in Georgia: State and Church under the Saakashvili Government (2003-2012) Barbare Janelidze
5. Political Power and Church Construction in Armenia Yulia Antonyan
6. Islam in Azerbaijan: Revival and Political Involvement Elnur Ismayilov

Part 3: Religion, Nationalism and Education Introduction Farda Asadov
7. Building Georgian National Identity: a Comparison of Two Turning Points in History Tatia Kekelia
8. Challenges for Women’s Education in Independent Azerbaijan Nigar Gozalova
9. Constructing Identities through General Education: Religion within the Framework of National Identity in Armenia Satenik Mkrtchyan

Part 4: Cultural Values, Ideology and Democracy Introduction Tigran Matosyan
10. An Analysis of Counter-Hegemony: Challenges of Political Opposition in Azerbaijan Rashad Shirinov
11. Myths and Politics: "Old" Beliefs and "New" Aspirations in Independent Armenia Sona Hovhannisyan
12. Collectivism/Individualism in the South Caucasus. Implications for Democracy Tigran Matosyan

Part 5: International Context and External Impacts Introduction Hovhannes Hovhannisyan
13. Shi‘a Politics, "Strategic Culture" and Iran’s Relations with the South Caucasus Tatevik Mkrtchyan
14. Russia’s Soft Power in the South Caucasus: Discourses, Communication, Hegemony Alexander Kornilov and Andrey Makarychev
15. Between Ambition and Realism: Turkey’s Engagement in the South Caucasus Bayram Balci

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Gregory F. Domber (ed.): Empowering Revolution. America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War, 2015, 416pp, ISBN: 978-1-4696-1851-7


As the most populous country in Eastern Europe as well as the birthplace of the largest anticommunist dissident movement, Poland is crucial in understanding the end of the Cold War. During the 1980s, both the United States and the Soviet Union vied for influence over Poland’s politically tumultuous steps toward democratic revolution. In this groundbreaking history, Gregory F. Domber examines American policy toward Poland and its promotion of moderate voices within the opposition, while simultaneously addressing the Soviet and European influences on Poland's revolution in 1989. With a cast including Reagan, Gorbachev, and Pope John Paul II, Domber charts American support of anticommunist opposition groups--particularly Solidarity, the underground movement led by future president Lech Wałęsa--and highlights the transnational network of Polish émigrés and trade unionists that kept the opposition alive.

Utilizing archival research and interviews with Polish and American government officials and opposition leaders, Domber argues that the United States empowered a specific segment of the Polish opposition and illustrates how Soviet leaders unwittingly fostered radical, pro-democratic change through their policies. The result is fresh insight into the global impact of the Polish pro-democracy movement.


About the Author

Gregory F. Domber is associate professor of history at University of North Florida.

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Patryk Babiracki (ed.): Soviet Soft Power in Poland, Culture and the Making of Stalin's New Empire, 1943-1957, 2015, 368pp, ISBN 978-1-4696-2089-3

Concentrating on the formative years of the Cold War from 1943 to 1957, Patryk Babiracki reveals little-known Soviet efforts to build a postwar East European empire through culture. Babiracki argues that the Soviets involved in foreign cultural outreach tried to use “soft power” in order to galvanize broad support for the postwar order in the emerging Soviet bloc. Populated with compelling characters ranging from artists, writers, journalists, and scientists to party and government functionaries, this work illuminates the behind-the-scenes schemes of the Stalinist international propaganda machine. Based on exhaustive research in Russian and Polish archives, Babiracki's study is the first in any language to examine the two-way interactions between Soviet and Polish propagandists and to evaluate their attempts at cultural cooperation. Babiracki shows that the Stalinist system ultimately undermined Soviet efforts to secure popular legitimacy abroad through persuasive propaganda. He also highlights the limitations and contradictions of Soviet international cultural outreach, which help explain why the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe crumbled so easily after less than a half-century of existence.



"Beautifully written and full of original insights gleaned from a variety of newly available sources, Soviet Soft Power in Poland reveals Patryk Babiracki as a master of the complexities of Cold War politics in East Central Europe. This landmark work deserves a wide readership among those who want to know what the Cold War meant to the millions who lived beyond the Iron Curtain."
--John Connelly, author of Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech, and Polish Higher Education, 1945-1956

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Per-Arne Bodin, Stefan Hedlund, Elena Namli (eds.): Power and Legitimacy - Challenges from Russia, 2014, 256pp, ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-13-881671-8; Hardback: 978-0-415-67776-9

 This book sheds new light on the continuing debate within political thought as to what constitutes power, and what distinguishes legitimate from illegitimate power. It does so by considering the experience of Russia, a polity where experiences of the legitimacy of power and the collapse of power offer a contrast to Western experiences on which most political theory, formulated in the West, is based. The book considers power in a range of contexts – philosophy and discourse; the rule of law and its importance for economic development; the use of culture and religion as means to legitimate power; and liberalism and the reasons for its weakness in Russia. The book concludes by arguing that the Russian experience provides a useful lens through which ideas of power and legitimacy can be re-evaluated and re-interpreted, and through which the idea of "the West" as the ideal model can be questioned.

 Table of contents

1. Dimensions of Russia: Developments after the USSR Klaus von Beyme
2. Never Show Weakness: How Faking Autocracy Legitimates Putin’s Hold on Power Stephen Holmes
3. Legitimizing the Russian Executive: Identity, Technocracy, and Performance Eugene Huskey
4. Legitimacy of Power and Security of Property Stefan Hedlund
5. Capitalism and Russian Democracy Boris Kapustin
6. Democracy in Russia: Problems of Legitimacy Boris Mezhuev
7. Power and Society in Russia: A Value Approach to Legitimacy Ruben Apressyan
8. Powerful Rationality or Rationality of Power? Reflections on Russian Scepticism towards Human Rights Elena Namli
9. The ‘Cultural/Civilizational Turn’ in Post-Soviet Identity Building Jutta Scherrer
10. Conservative Political Romanticism in Post-Soviet Russia Andrey Medushevsky
11. Bez stali i leni: Aesopian Language and Legitimacy Irina Sandomirskaia
12. Medvedev’s New Media Gambit: The Language of Power in 140 Characters or Less Michael Gorham
13. Legitimacy and Symphony: On the Relation between State and Church in Post-Soviet Russia Per-Arne Bodin

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Adam Moore: Peacebuilding in Practice: Local Experience in Two Bosnian Towns, 2014, 240pp. ISBN: 978-0-8014-5199-7

In November 2007 Adam Moore was conducting fieldwork in Mostar when the southern Bosnian city was rocked by two days of violent clashes between Croat and Bosniak youth. It was not the city's only experience of ethnic conflict in recent years. Indeed, Mostar’s problems are often cited as emblematic of the failure of international efforts to overcome deep divisions that continue to stymie the postwar peace process in Bosnia. Yet not all of Bosnia has been plagued by such troubles. Mostar remains mired in distrust and division, but the Brcko District in the northeast corner of the country has become a model of what Bosnia could be. Its multiethnic institutions operate well compared to other municipalities, and are broadly supported by those who live there; it also boasts the only fully integrated school system in the country. What accounts for the striking divergence in postwar peacebuilding in these two towns?

Moore argues that a conjunction of four factors explains the contrast in outcomes in Mostar and Brcko: The design of political institutions, the sequencing of political and economic reforms, local and regional legacies from the war, and the practice and organization of international peacebuilding efforts in the two towns. Differences in the latter, in particular, have profoundly shaped relations between local political elites and international officials. Through a grounded analysis of localized peacebuilding dynamics in these two cities Moore generates a powerful argument concerning the need to rethink how peacebuilding is done—that is, a shift in the habitus or culture that governs international peacebuilding activities and priorities today.

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Maria Koinova: Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States, Varieties of Governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo, UK 2014, 328pp. ISBN 978-0-8122-4522-6

Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States investigates why some Eastern European states transitioned to new forms of governance with minimal violence while others broke into civil war. In Bulgaria, the Turkish minority was subjected to coerced assimilation and forced expulsion, but the nation ultimately negotiated peace through institutional channels. In Macedonia, periodic outbreaks of insurgent violence escalated to armed conflict. Kosovo's internal warfare culminated in NATO's controversial bombing campaign. In the twenty-first century, these conflicts were subdued, but violence continued to flare occasionally and impede durable conflict resolution.

In this comparative study, Maria Koinova applies historical institutionalism to conflict analysis, tracing ethnonationalist violence in postcommunist states to a volatile, formative period between 1987 and 1992. In this era of instability, the incidents that brought majorities and minorities into dispute had a profound impact and a cumulative effect, as did the interventions of international agents and kin states. Whether the conflicts initially evolved in peaceful or violent ways, the dynamics of their disputes became self-perpetuating and informally institutionalized. Thus, external policies or interventions could affect only minimal change, and the impact of international agents subsided over time. Regardless of the constitutions, laws, and injunctions, majorities, minorities, international agents, and kin states continue to act in accord with the logic of informally institutionalized conflict dynamics.

Koinova analyzes the development of those dynamics in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo, drawing on theories of democratization, international intervention, and path-dependence as well as interviews and extensive fieldwork. The result is a compelling account of the underlying causal mechanisms of conflict perpetuation and change that will shed light on broader patterns of ethnic violence.

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P. Crowhurst: Hitler and Czechoslovakia in World War II, London 2013, 352 p., 978-1-78076-110-7

The history of East Central European countries has been widely rediscovered as a source of historical interest and inspiration after the collapse of Communism. This rediscovery particularly holds true for the history of Czechoslovakia in the era of the Second World War. There were numerous reasons for the outbreak of World War II, but because Czechoslovakia as a topic ties the broad fabric of historical narratives about the failure of the interwar international system, and the challenges and constraints of British and German foreign policies, makes the subject particularly popular in the English language historiography.

The book demonstrates with reference to Bohemia and Moravia, Slovakia and Ruthenia just how pragmatic Hitler and German policy-makers were in the interest of realpolitik, and insists upon the centrality of economic exploitation to our understanding of German-Czechoslovak relationship during World War II. This is a persuasive argument, not least in seeking to understand Germany’s efforts not only to enforce the prosecution of Jews, and the politically unreliable, but also to exploit the resources and economy of the Protectorate for the war effort. The writer contends that both the absorption of the Sudetenland and the Czech lands were more crucial for the Nazi war machine (from as early as October 1938) than it has been previously understood by historians, and claims that the take-over of armament factories and raw materials significantly accelerated German capabilities. This argument is backed up with the analysis of numerous tables and statistics, which significantly helps understanding the complexity of the topic.

The book is chronologically and thematically organized and deals with the aftermath of the Munich Agreement in Bohemia and Moravia, the era between Munich and the final destruction of Czechoslovakia, the problem of refugees (both in Germany and the Czech lands), forced labour, the political organization of the Protectorate, and its economic exploitation by Nazi Germany during the war.

The value of this work lies primarily in its contribution to the history of the Protectorate during the Second World War, something that so far has not been available in English language. The breadth and depth of research is seriously impressive, and it is the language skills facilitating the extensive use of European archives and document collections, which really renders this book distinctive. Moreover, the author, for the first time in the English language, also analyses some of the most recent Czech and Slovak language secondary sources. However, there is a surprising absence of well-known English language secondary material relevant to the history of Czechoslovakia; and similarly the references to Hungary are dated or selective.

Introduction starts in medias res, and the reader is left guessing about the aims, focus and methodology of the book. It contains an important and useful background about the interwar history of Czechoslovakia, but lacks the use of some of the most influential works about international history.

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Oleh Protsyk, Benedikt Harzl (eds.): Managing Ethnic Diversity in Russia, 2014, 282pp, ISBN: 978-1-13-881666-4

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the norms and practices of ethnic diversity management in the Russian Federation in the last twenty years. It examines the evolution of the legal framework, the institutional architecture and the policies intended to address the large number of challenges posed by Russia’s immense ethno-cultural diversity. It analyses the legal, social and political changes affecting ethno-cultural relations and the treatment of ethnic minorities, and assesses how ethnic diversity both influences and is shaped by transformations in Russian politics and society. It concludes by appraising how successful or otherwise policies have been so far, and by outlining the challenges still faced by the Russian Federation.

Table of contents

Introduction Benedikt Harzl and Oleh Protsyk

Part 1. Domestic and International Legal Framework
1. Russian Legislation in the Area of Minority Rights Bill Bowring
2. International Norms and Legal Status of Minority Languages in Russia Stefan Oeter
3. National-Cultural Autonomy Alexander Osipov

Part 2. Ethnic Federalism and Minority Governance
4. Federalism and Regionalism Hans Oversloot
5. Governance and Types of Political Regimes in Ethnic Regions Nikolai Petrov
6. The Northern Caucasus and Challenges of Minority Governance Anna Matveeva

Part 3. Majority and Minority Identities
7. Development of Majority and Minority Identities Emil Pain
8. Government Policies and Minority Identities Sergey Sokolovskiy

Part 4. Political Participation and Representation
9. Electoral Rules Robert Moser
10. Legislative Representation Paul Chaisty
11. Ethnic Mobilization Dmitry Gorenburg Conclusion Valerie Bunce

About the Editors

Oleh Protsyk is Lecturer in European Studies Program, University of Flensburg, Germany.

Benedikt Harzl is a Researcher at the Russian East European Eurasian Studies Centre at the University of Graz, Austria.

Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan, Sabina Stan (eds.): Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership. Happy Ever After? 2014, 238pp, ISBN: 978-1-13-881573-5

This book examines how membership of the European Union has affected life in the ten former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are now members of the European Union. It attempts to answer some fundamental questions: Was the reward of EU membership worth the sacrifices made? How have the new member states fared? Has the promise of EU membership, on which so many expectations were based, been realised? Or have the new member states traded a Socialist Commonwealth with Moscow pulling the strings for an over-centralised Brussels bureaucracy that lacks transparency and accountability?

By taking stock of debates within domestic elites, popular opinion, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and external actors, this book seeks to answer these crucial questions.

Table of contents

Foreword Alexsander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland 1995-2005 Introduction Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan

1. Poland Jane Hardy
2. The Czech Republic Frank Cibulka
3. Slovakia Vladimir Bilcik and Juraj Buzalka
4. Hungary Umut Korkut
5. Slovenia Matevz Tomsic and Lea Prijon
6. Lithuania Mindaugas Jurkynas
7. Latvia Zaneta Ozolina
8. Estonia Viljar Veebel and Ramon Loik
9. Romania Lavinia Stan and Rodica Zaharia
10. Bulgaria Svetlozar Andreev Conclusion Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan

About the Editors

Donnacha Ó Beacháin is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.

Vera Sheridan is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University.

Sabina Stan is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at Dublin City University.

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Lucian N. Leustean (ed.): Eastern Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe, 2014, 288pp, ISBN: 9780823256068

Nation-building processes in the Orthodox commonwealth brought together political institutions and religious communities in their shared aims of achieving national sovereignty. Chronicling how the churches of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia acquired independence from the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s decline, Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe examines the role of Orthodox churches in the construction of national identities.

Drawing on archival material available after the fall of communism in southeastern Europe and Russia, as well as material published in Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Russian, Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe analyzes the challenges posed by nationalism to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the ways in which Orthodox churches engaged in the nationalist ideology.

Table of Contents

1. Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism: An Introduction
Lucian N. Leustean
2. The Ecumenical Patriarchate
Paschalis M. Kitromilides
3. The Orthodox Church of Greece
Dimitris Stamatopoulos
4. The Serbian Orthodox Church
Bojan Aleksov
5. The Romanian Orthodox Church
Lucian N. Leustean
6. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Daniela Kalkandjieva

Lucian N. Leustean

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Sabrina P. Ramet (ed.): Religion and Politics in Post-Socialist Central and Southeastern Europe, Challenges since 1989, 2014, 360pp ISBN: 9781137330710

Since the crash of communism in Central and Southeastern Europe in 1989, almost everything in the region has changed – from politics to economics to popular culture to religion. There have been new challenges to confront and new dilemmas. This volume examines the political engagement of religious associations in the post-socialist countries of Central and Southeastern Europe, with a focus on disputes about property restitution, revelations about the collaboration of clergy with the communist-era secret police, intolerance, and controversies about the inclusion of religious instruction in the schools. Each of the countries in the region is analyzed with research grounded in on-site interviews, as well as extensive use of literature in local and Western languages.

Table of contents

List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors

1. Religious organizations in post-communist Central and Southeastern Europe – An Introduction by Sabrina P. Ramet
2. The Catholic Church in Post-Communist Poland: Polarization, privatization, and decline in influence by Sabrina P. Ramet
3. The Catholic Church in the post-1989 Czech Republic and Slovakia by Milan Reban
4. The Kádár Regime and the Roman Catholic Hierarchy by Krisztián Ungváry
5. The Catholic Church and politics in Slovenia by Egon Pelikan
6. Church and state in Croatia: Legal framework, religious instruction, and social expectations by Siniša Zrinščak, Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Ankica Marinović, & Branko Ančić
7. The Cross, the Crescent and the Bosnian War: The Legacy of Religious Involvement by Janine Natalya Clark
8. Religion and Democracy in Serbia since 1989: The Case of the Serbian Orthodox Church by Radmila Radić & Milan Vukomanović
9. Islam and Politics in the Serbian Sandžak: Institutionalisation and feuds by Aleksander Zdravkovski
10. The Orthodox Churches of Macedonia and Montenegro by Aleksander Zdravkovski & Kenneth Morrison
11. The Orthodox Churches and Democratization in Romania and Bulgaria by Lavinia Stan & Lucian Turcescu
12. Religion and Politics among Albanians of Southeastern Europe by Isa Blumi

Afterword by Robert F. Goeckel

About the Editor

Sabrina P. Ramet was born in London, England, and moved to the USA at age 10. She earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Stanford University, her MA in International Relations at the University of Arkansas in 1974, and her Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA in 1981. She has lived much of her life in Europe, above all in England, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, and, since 2001, Norway. She is the author of 12 books and editor of 31 scholarly books (29 published as of May 2014, and two in production). She has been a frequent visitor to Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia and, in recent years, also Poland. Her main areas of research are East European history and politics, religion and politics, and the history of political thought.

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Alexander H. E. Morawa, Kyriaki Topidi (eds.): Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe, Expansion and Integration in the EU, 2014, 292pp ISBN: 978-1-4094-0327-2

This book examines EU enlargement by studying how domestic constitutional evolution in the new member states contributes to European integration. In contrast to the usual top-down analytical pattern, it reverses the paradigm by looking at constitutional developments and dynamics from the bottom-up, studying how domestic constitutional evolution contributes to European integration. The authors analyze constitutional trends from the perspective of 'new Member States' as policy-makers and not strictly as policy-takers. The issue of conditionality is also explored in a discussion of the extent to which pre-2004 and 2007 conditionality has had lasting effects at the level of constitutionalization of different areas and norms and if so, of what kind. The exploration of Europeanization effects in recent Member States substantiates and demonstrates how enlargement has been an important driving-force for the effective export of EU legal rules in this region.

The book utilizes a comparative approach to highlight the merits and obstacles created by the growing diversity in the constitutional rules and patterns of the new Member States. It also contains a section that places the CEE constitutionalizing map in a broader comparative European and global context, establishing links with similar transitional regimes in the continent and elsewhere.

The book has been touted "a rare and thorough collection of comparative studies dedicated to the fascinating events at the turn of the century" by Evgeni Tanchev, Chief Justice of the Bulgarian Constitutional Court and Council of Europe Venice Commission Memberand has garnered praise for "its introduction of new voices and perspectives to issues arising from integration in Europe" (Law and Politics Book Review).
Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Foreword by Lech Garlicki

Prologue: Constitutional Transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Kyriaki Topidi and Alexander H.E. Morawa

Part I: Foundations and Methods of Constitutional Dialogue in CEE

Estonia as an EU Member State: Lack of Pro-active Constitutional Dialogue
Tanel Kerikmäe

The Constitutionalization of EU Law in Romanian Jurisprudence
Simina Tănăsescu

Fundamental Rights in the EU’s Post-enlargement Landscape: An Exercise in Constitutional Translation?
Kyriaki Topidi

Part II: The Role of Courts in the New Legal Order

Constitutional Pluralism and Judicial Cooperation in the EU after the Eastern Enlargements: A Case Study of the Czech and Slovak Courts
Tomáš Dumbrovský

The Constitutional versus the European Role of the Judiciary in Poland
Piotr Mikuli

Structural Inconveniencies of the Treaty of Lisbon in the Czech Republic
Jiri Zemanek

Kafka, Kelsen and Supremacy: How European Courts Could Interact with a Viewn to Fostering Constitutionalism
Alexander H.E. Morawa

Part III: The Rule of Law and Policy-Making in ECC after Enlargement

Raising the Standard? The Current Challenges in Human Rights Protection in Hungary
Bernadette Somody

Constitutionalization and the Media in Post-Enlargement Central and Eastern Europe
Katrin Nyman-Metcalf

The Rule of Law and the Rise of Populism: A Case Study of Post-Accession Bulgaria
Daniel Smilov

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Sabine Rutar (ed.): Beyond the Balkans, Toward an Inclusive History of Southeastern Europe, 2014, 500pp ISBN: 978-3-643-10658-2

Beyond the Balkans offers new perspectives on Southeast European history, envisaging the region's history as an integral part of European and global history. Debates about the mental map of "the Balkans" as the negative alter ego of the "the West" (Maria Todorova) and about the construction of the Balkans as a historical space sui generis (Holm Sundhaussen) provide points of departure. The essays treat an exemplary, yet broad set of topics designed to open up idle fields of research. They foster common and coherent methodological lines and establish a new agenda for future research.
Table of Contents

Sabine Rutar: Introduction: Beyond the Balkans

Part I: Space and Temporality, Entanglement and Transfer

1. John Breuilly: Nationalism and the Balkans: A Global Perspective
2. Diana Mishkova: On the Space-Time Constitution of Southeastern Europe
3. Guido Franzinetti: Irish and Eastern European Questions
4. Vangelis Kechriotis: Requiem for the Empire: “Elective Affinities” Between the Balkan States and the Ottoman Empire in the Long 19th Century
5. Augusta Dimou: Towards a Social and Cultural History of Cooperative Associations in Interwar Bulgaria
6. Wim van Meurs: The Burden of Universal Suffrage and Parliamentary Democracy in (Southeastern) Europe
7. Helke Stadtland: Sakralisierte Nation und säkularisierte Religion: Beispiele aus dem Westen und Norden Europas
8. Katrin Boeckh: Perspektiven einer Religions- und Kirchengeschichte des südöstlichen Europas: Netze über Raum und Zeit

Part II: Approaching Agency

9. Y. Hakan Erdem: Turks as Soldiers in Mahmud II’s Army: Turning the Evlad-ı Fatihan into Regulars in the Ottoman Balkans
10. Stefano Petrungaro: Fire and Honour. On the Comparability of Popular Protests in late 19th Century Croatia-Slavonia
11. Borut Klabjan: Puzzling (Out) Citizenship and Nationality: Czechs in Trieste before and after the First World War
12. Vesna Drapac: Catholic Resistance and Collaboration in the Second World War: From Master Narrative to Practical Application
13. Sabine Rutar: Towards a Southeast European History of Labour: Examples from Yugoslavia

Part III: Creating Meaning

14. Stefan Rohdewald: Nationale Identitäten durch Kyrill und Method: Diskurse, Praktiken und Akteure ihrer Verehrung unter den Südslawen bis 1945
15. Stefan Ihrig: “Why Them and Not Us?” The Kreuzzeitung, the German Far Right, and the Turkish War of Independence, 1919-1923
16. Amaia Lamikiz Jauregiondo: Maintaining Alternative Memories under an Authoritarian Regime: Basque Cultural Associations in the 1960s and Early 1970s
17. Falk Pingel: Begegnungen mit einem Kulturkampf. Notizen zur internationalen Bildungsintervention in Bosnien und Herzegowina
18. Vanni D’Alessio: Divided and Contested Cities in Modern European History. The Example of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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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 Eastern Europe expands upon the existing body of nationalism studies and explores how successful these nation-building strategies have been in the last two decades. Relying on new quantitative research results, the contributors offer interdisciplinary analyses of symbolic nation-building in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to show that whereas the citizens of some states have reached a consensus about the nation-building project other states remain fragmented and uncertain of when the process will end. A must-read not only for scholars of the region but policy makers and others interested in understanding the complex interplay of history, symbolic politics, and post-conflict transition.

Relying on new quantitative research results, the contributors offer interdisciplinary analyses of symbolic nation-building in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to show that whereas the citizens of some states have reached a consensus about the nation-building project other states remain fragmented and uncertain of when the process will end. A must-read not only for scholars of the region but policy makers and others interested in understanding the complex interplay of history, symbolic politics, and post-conflict transition.

 Table of contents

1. Introduction, Pål Kolstø
2. Fulfilling the Thousand-Year-Old Dream: Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in Croatia, Vjeran Pavlaković
3. Jaws of the Nation and Weak Embraces of the State: the Lines of Division, Indifference, and Loyalty in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ana Dević
4. Serbia and the Symbolic (Re)Construction of the Nation, Vladan Jovanović
5. When Two Hands Rock the Cradle: Symbolic Dimensions of the Divide Over Statehood and Identity in Montenegro, Jelena Džankić
6. Kosovo: Topography of the Construction of the Nation, Vjollca Krasniqi
7. Strategies for Creating the Macedonian State and and Nation and Rival Projects Between 1991 and 2012, Ljupcho S. Risteski and Armanda Kodra Hysa
8. Status Report Albania 100 Years: Symbolic Nation-Building Completed?, Cecilie Endresen
9. Conclusions: Success and Failure of Nation-building, Structural vs.Political Factors, Pål Kolstø and Vatroslav Jelovica

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 these countries no longer think of themselves as part of the "east", and how they have invented new stereotypes of the countries to the east of them, such as Ukraine and Belarus, to which they see themselves as superior. The book demonstrates how there are a whole range of ideologies of "eastness", how these have changed over time, and how such ideologies impact, in a practical way, relations with countries further east.

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.
The volume focuses on six distinct concepts: Orthodox identity, perceptions of the 'other,' critiques of the West, European values, interreligious progress, and new and uncharted challenges that have arisen with the expansion of Russian Orthodox activity.

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 phenomenon. The book suggests that in the wake of the historical turns of 1989, an "iconic turn" has taken place in Eastern Europe – in the form of a renewed cinematic commitment to make sense of the world in religious and/or national terms. "Iconic Turns" combines theoretical articles on the subject with case studies, bringing together researchers from different national backgrounds and disciplines, such as history, literary and film studies.

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


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 baltes, entre défense territoriale et élargissement des concepts de sécurité
(The Baltic lands : Between defending the territory and broadening the concept of security)

Arnaud Serry – Le transport maritime en mer Baltique, entre enjeu économique majeur et approche durable
(Shipping in the Baltic Sea : Between a major economic issue and a sustainable approach)

Kornelia Konczal – À la croisée des traditions, conceptions et questionnements : une brève histoire des (dis)continuités dans les études mémorielles en Pologne
(At the crossroads between traditions, conceptions and interrogations : A brief history of the (dis)continuities in “memory studies” in Poland)

Book Reviews

Georges Mink et Laure Neumayer, History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Memory Games (Elena Morenkova)

Anna Fournier, Forging rights in a new democracy. Ukrainian students between freedom and justice (Ioulia Shukan)

Umut Korkut, Liberalization challenges in Hungary. Elitism, Progressivism, and Populism (Marie-Claude Maurel)

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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 examining the imagery contained in presidential addresses, the political system, the public sphere and the urban development of Moscow, Graeme Gill shows how no single coherent symbolic programme has emerged to replace that of the Soviet period. Laying particular emphasis on the Soviet legacy, and especially on the figure of Stalin, 'Symbolism and Regime Change in Russia' explains why it has been so difficult to generate a new set of symbols which could constitute a coherent narrative for the new Russia.

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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 from the tenth century through the present day. The following chapters highlight several important issues and aspects of Russian Orthodoxy -- church-state relations, theology, ecclesiastical structure, monasticism, spirituality, the relation of Russian Orthodoxy to the West, dissidence as a frequent phenomenon in Russian church history, and more.

Read more about the book in a blog post by Bremer on EerdWord.

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 context of global political, economic, social, and cultural developments.

The editors have brought together leading scholars in cold war history to offer a new assessment of the state of the field and identify fundamental questions for future research. The individual chapters in this volume evaluate both the extent and the limits of the cold war's reach in world history. They call into question orthodox ways of ordering the chronology of the cold war and also present new insights into the global dimension of the conflict.

Even though each essay offers a unique perspective, together they show the interconnectedness between cold war and national and transnational developments, including long-standing conflicts that preceded the cold war and persisted after its end, or global transformations in areas such as human rights or economic and cultural globalization. Because of its broad mandate, the volume is structured not along conventional chronological lines, but thematically, offering essays on conceptual frameworks, regional perspectives, cold war instruments and cold war challenges. The result is a rich and diverse accounting of the ways in which the cold war should be positioned within the broader context of world history.

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 of authors to study Soviet society and culture through the categories empire and space, this collection demonstrates the enduring legacy of empire with regard to Russia, whose history has been marked by a particularly close and ambiguous relationship between nation and empire building, and between national and imperial identities.
Parallel with this discussion of empire, the volume also highlights the centrality of geographical space and spatial imaginings in Russian and Soviet intellectual traditions and social practices; underlining how Russia's vast geographical dimensions have profoundly informed Russia's state and nation building, both in practice and concept.
Combining concepts of space and empire, the collection offers a reconsideration of Soviet imperial legacy by studying its cultural and societal underpinnings from previously unexplored perspectives. In so doing it provides a reconceptualization of the theoretical and methodological foundations of contemporary imperial and spatial studies, through the example of the experience provided by Soviet society and culture.

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, there has yet to be an all-inclusive study on their administrative systems—until now.
In Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries: Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia, expert contributors supply a comprehensive overview and analysis of public administration in their respective post-Communist countries. They illustrate each country’s transformation from an authoritarian system of governance into a modern, market-based, and in some cases, democratic government.
The book covers the countries that were officially part of the Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan); those that were theoretically independent but were subject to Soviet-dominated Communist rule (Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Poland); as well as a satellite republic that was under significant Soviet influence (Mongolia).
Each chapter includes a brief introduction to the specific country, an overview of politics and administration, and discussions on key aspects of public management and administration—including human resource management, public budgeting, financial management, corruption, accountability, political and economic reform, civil society, and prospects for future development in the region. The book concludes by identifying common themes and trends and pinpointing similarities and differences to supply you with a broad comparative perspective.

Georges Mink, Laure Neumayer (eds.): History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013, 288 pp., ISBN: 978-0-230-35433-3

Twenty years after the end of communism, the history of Central and Eastern Europe still sparks intense discussions in the former Soviet bloc, as contested memories, primarily about communist repression and WWII, are relived. This volume goes beyond the state-centred approach that so often characterises the study of memory-issues in post-communist countries and highlights two interrelated factors that account for the recent proliferation of memory games in Central and Eastern Europe including, but not limited to, the growth in number of political and social actors who try to elaborate and impose new memory norms into society and the 'internationalization' of conflicted memories. In contrast to a narrow understanding of 'transitional justice', this collection of fourteen case studies situates conflicts around painful histories within the 'ordinary' operating of post-communist societies, concentrating on games played by political and administrative elites, activists and professional groups in various local, national and European venues.

Tina Burrett: Television and Presidential Power in Putin’s Russia. London: Routledge 2013, 300 pp., ISBN: 978-0-415-83814-6

As a new president takes power in Russia, this book provides an analysis of the changing relationship between control of Russian television media and presidential power during the tenure of President Vladimir Putin. It argues that the conflicts within Russia’s political and economic elites, and President Putin’s attempts to rebuild the Russian state after its fragmentation during the Yeltsin administration, are the most significant causes of changes in Russian media. Tina Burrett demonstrates that President Putin sought to increase state control over television as part of a larger programme aimed at strengthening the power of the state and the position of the presidency at its apex, and that such control over the media was instrumental to the success of the president’s wider systemic changes that have redefined the Russian polity. The book also highlights the ways in which oligarchic media owners in Russia used television for their own political purposes, and that media manipulation was not the exclusive preserve of the Kremlin, but a common pattern of behaviour in elite struggles in the post-Soviet era. Basing its analysis predominately on interviews with key players in the Moscow media and political elites, and on secondary sources drawn from the Russian and Western media, the book examines broad themes that have been the subject of constant media interest, and have relevance beyond the confines of Russian politics.

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