The following section contains collected volumes emanating from the conferences and workshops held at the Imre Kertész Kolleg since its inception. Here you will find our most recent publications with Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) as well as contributions by staff and affiliated researchers to our monograph series ‘Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century’, published by De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg.
Throughout Eastern Europe, the unexpected and irrevocable fall of communism that began in the late 1980s presented enormous challenges in the spheres of politics and society, as well as at the level of individual experience. Excitement, uncertainty, and fear predicated the shaping of a new order, the outcome of which was anything but predetermined.
Recent studies have focused on the ambivalent impact of capitalism. Yet, at the time, parliamentary democracy had equally few traditions to return to, and membership in the European Union was a distant dream at best. Nowadays, as new threats arise, Europe’s current political crises prompt us to reconsider how liberal democracy in Eastern Europe came about in the first place.
This book undertakes an analysis of the year 1990 in several countries throughout Europe to consider the role of uncertainty and change in shaping political nations.