Transformations in Central Europe between 1989 and 2012: Geopolitical, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Shifts

Transformations in Central Europe between 1989 and 2012: Geopolitical, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Shifts

by Tomas Kavaliauskas


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Transformations in Central Europe between 1989 and 2012: Geopolitical, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Shifts by Tomas Kavaliauskas, is an in-depth study of the transformations in Central Europe in the years since the fall of Communism. Using a comparative analysis of geopolitical, ethical, cultural, and socioeconomic shifts, this essential text investigates postcommunist countries including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. Next to transitological interpretations, this study ventures upon negative and positive freedom (Isaiah Berlin) in Central Europe after two decades of post-communist transition. Kavaliauskas questions the meaning of completeness of postcommunist transition, both geopolitical and socioeconomic, when there are many transformations that do not necessarily mean unequivocal progress. The author also analyses why Central Europe in 1989, armed with civil disobedience, could not maintain its moral politics. But the book touches sensitive issues of memory as well: an examination of May 9th is provided from the Russian and the Baltic perspectives, revealing two opposing world views regarding this date of liberation or occupation. Finally, Kavaliauskas analyzes the tragedy at Smolensk airport, which became an inseparable part of Central European identity. Transformations in Central Europe between 1989 and 2012 is an essential contribution to the literature on Central Europe and the lasting effects of Communism and its aftermath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739197318
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/09/2014
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tomas Kavaliauskas is associate professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Defining Central Europe as a Post-communist Region
Chapter 2. Positive and Negative Freedom in Central Europe Before and After 1989
Chapter 3. Virtual and Real Freedom in Central Europe after 1989
Chapter 4. The Complete and Incomplete Transition in Central Europe
Chapter 5. Fluctuating Socio-economics and Post-Socialist Inverted Morals
Chapter 6. The Salvation of the Two Europes in 1968 from the Perspective of 1989
Chapter 7. Vilnius 10 Group—Geopolitical Emancipation or a Lost Opportunity for Angelic Moral Politics?

What People are Saying About This

Catalin Avramescu

This is more than a book about the extraordinary changes in Central Europe. It is about the struggle for national and cultural identity in a troubled part of the world. The scholarship displayed by Kavaliauskas is as impressive as his civic engagement.

Annette Freyberg-Inan

Kavaliauskas provides rare depth and breadth of understanding across disciplinary divisions and across a variety of scholarly perspectives of the monumental and ongoing transformations in the heart of Europe. With an inquisitive yet unobtrusive gaze this book reveals for the reader the particularities but also the resonances and connections between diverse transition experiences.

Maria Malksoo

Tomas Kavaliauskas is an emphatic observer of the post-communist predicament. This catching set of essays on the contemporary condition of Central Europe, dense with philosophical allusions, cultural detail, and political insight, and written in an inimitable style, makes an unusual and refreshing, even romantic piece of scholarship.

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