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Who ist part of the canon?

Politics of History

A New Era of Greatness

Hungary‘s New Core Curriculum

Katalina Madácsi-Laube ·


Recent revisions of Hungary's National Core Curriculum have been widely criticized, both within the country and abroad. Especially the inclusion of controversial authors and the simultaneous removal of others, among them Imre Kertész, raised concerns about the current government's culture war now being taken to the classroom. The article reviews the new curriculum and the ensuing public debates, and reflects on its repercussions for Hungary's democratic historical culture today.

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collage 1989 commemorations in Berlin and Bratislava

Debating 20th Century History

The Revolution Continues

Memories of 1989 and the Defence of Democracy in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia

James Krapfl & Andrew Kloiber ·


How strong are memories of the 1989 revolution in Germany and the Czechoslovak successor states, and how do they reinforce democratic politics today? In a comparative review of the anniversary commemorations in Leipzig, Berlin, Prague and Bratislava, the article discusses to what extent these events managed to reanimate the civic spirit of 1989 and how they alert to contemporary threats to democracy.

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screenshot from the Youtube film 'Kolyma' by Yuri Dud

Debating 20th Century History

A Pop-Cultural Reappraisal of State Terror?

The YouTube film 'Kolyma – Birthplace of Our Fear' and Its Viewers

Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja ·


A year ago, the documentary film 'Kolyma – Birthplace of Our Fear' was uploaded to YouTube. Made by the blogger Yuri Dud, it has received over 20 million views today, despite the fact that it addresses one of the darkest chapters of recent history in Russia - the Gulag. The article analyses the film and its popular appeal, not least among young audiences. It identifies three key phenomena of present-day Russia that the documentary addresses: fear, ambivalent attitudes towards Stalin and an ahistorical form of patriotism.

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