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The Recent Handke Debate

Debating 20th Century History

The Nobel Prize Award Sparks a Memory War

The Recent Handke Debate

Katarina Ristić ·


The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2019 to Peter Handke sparked a harsh debate, both in Serbia and internationally due to the Austrian writer's controversial stances in defence of Slobodan Milošević and the crimes committed by Serbian forces during the 1990s. The article provides a critical review of the debate and the continued divisions in retrospective interpretations of the Yugoslav wars.

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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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