Cultural Transformations After Communism: Central and Eastern Europe in Focus

Cultural Transformations After Communism: Central and Eastern Europe in Focus


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Focusing on the profound transformation in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain, this record analyzes complex cultural dimensions, such as lifestyles, habits, value markers, and identity. Written by a group of experts, it presents case studies from the former communist countries that are members of the European Union today and attempts to answer crucial questions about the constructions of a new identity in the region: Have the processes of democratization and opening the borders produced mentality changes and new value systems? Is there a convergence of values and cultures between the new and old EU-members? Have there been backlashes in the processes of reconstructing national identities? This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in European integration, issues of national identity, and the politics and culture of the post-Communist countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789185509591
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa is a professor of Eastern and Central European studies and the director of the Center for European Studies at Lund University. Krzysztof Stala is an associate professor and the head of Polish studies at the University of Copenhagen.

Table of Contents

Introduction Barbara Törnquist-Plewa Krzysztof Stala 7

1 Eurosis - a critique of the EU discourse in Slovenia Mitja Velikonja 17

2 Globalisation and mode of habitation in Hungary Agnes Kapitany Gabor Kapitany 59

3 From Soviet to a Western-dominated political scene the geopolitical context of politics in Poland Tomas Zarycki 82

4 The Polish Christian Right and the idea of the West Mattias Nowak 109

5 Homo Sovieticus surviving democracy? Post-socialist nostalgia in Bulgaria Daniela Koleva 147

6 From regime legitimation to plurality of history? Europeanization in a Slovak museum Barbara Lásticová Andrej Findor 163

7 Looking back, going forward Czech Slovak dominant historical narratives of 'the long 1990s' Tomas Sniegon 180

8 Nationalism in Romanian textbooks Change or continuity? Anamaria Dutceac Segesten 214

9 Estonian transformation from an eastern outpost in the West to a western outpost in the East Heiko Pääbo 251

10 Lithuanian national identity Dimensions of closeness and openness Jolanta Kuznecoviene 278

11 Ethnic minority schools and politics in post-Soviet Latvia An "ethnic rebirth" Pascal Bonnard 298

Contributors 324

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