Dangerous Language - Esperanto and the Decline of Stalinism

Dangerous Language - Esperanto and the Decline of Stalinism

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ISBN-13: 9781349958016
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author



Ulrich Lins received his doctorate at the University of Cologne, Germany, with a dissertation on Japanese nationalism (published in 1976). For thirty years he worked for DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service in its headquarters in Bonn, and served two tours of duty as head of its office in Tokyo. He has edited numbers of books in German and Japanese on German-Japanese relations and on Germany following reunion. The present volume, written originally in Esperanto, has appeared in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Lithuanian translations.


Humphrey Tonkin is President Emeritus of the University of Hartford, USA, where he served as University Professor of Humanities. He studied English and comparative literature at Cambridge and Harvard (Ph.D. 1966) and has written widely on literary topics and on international education and language policy. He has published numbers of translations from English to Esperanto and from Esperanto to English.

Table of Contents


- PART I: THE DEATH OF ESPERANTO IN THE SOVIET UNION.- Chapter 1: The events of 1937-38.- Chapter 2: Esperantists in the Great Purge.- Chapter 3: The emergence of Soviet patriotism.- Chapter 4: International correspondence.- Chapter 5: Silence descends.- PART II: ESPERANTO REBORN.- Chapter 6: After the Second World War: The Great Silence in Eastern Europe.- Chapter 7: Stalin against Marr.- Chapter 8: The needs of the present.- Chapter 9: Revival of the movement.- Chapter 10: Eastern Europe: progress and problems.- Chapter 11: The Soviet Union: between hope and doubt.- PART III: CONCLUSION.- Chapter 12: Conclusion: Dangerous Language or Language of Hope?.

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“The history of Esperanto is usually related by Esperantists, for Esperantists — and in Esperanto. This expanded translation of Ulrich Lins’s decades of research into the persecution of Esperantists makes for fascinating reading well beyond that community. Esperanto has no homeland, and for that very reason drew the ire of nationalists and other ideologues from across the political spectrum. This is, in short, nothing less than an alternative history of nationalism.” (Michael D. Gordin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University, US)

“This book gives a carefully supported account of a crucial aspect of the Esperanto movement’s history, focusing on political repression by totalitarian regimes, especially those of Hitler and Stalin. It also sheds light on opposition elsewhere and is eye-opening for anyone interested in language policy and global communication.” (Ulrich Ammon, Emeritus Professor of Germanic Linguistics at Duisberg-Essen University, Germany)

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