Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-communist Eastern Europe

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Sorin Antohi, Bal zs Trencs‚nyi, P‚ter Apor
Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Political Science - 488 pages
The first work that covers the post-Communist development of historical studies in six Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. A uniquely critical and qualitative analysis from a comparative and critical perspective, written by scholars from the region itself. Focusing on the first post-Communist decade, 1989-1999, the book offers a longer-term perspective that includes the immediate 'prehistory' of that momentous decade as well as its 'posthistoire.' The authors capture the spirit of 1989, that heady mix of elation, surprise, determination, and hope: l'ivresse du possible. This was the paradoxical beginning of Eastern European post-Communism: ushered in by 'anti-Utopian' revolutions, and slowly finding its course towards a bureaucratic, imitative, challenging, and anachronistic restoration of a capitalism that had changed almost beyond recognition when it had mutated into the negative double of Communism.
 

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Contents

Notes
226
Bibliography
235
Slovak Historiography in the 1990s
249
Institutions Research Venues Publications
253
3 The Transition and its Characteristics
258
4 Themes and Approaches
265
Historical Regions andNationalities
272
6 Historiographical Research
281

9 Jewish History and the Historiographical Debates on AntiSemitism
46
10 The Historiographical Image of the Communist Period
50
Hungary and its Neighbors
55
Plurality Incorporated?
59
Notes
64
Bibliography
76
Historical Studies in Poland after 1989
101
1 Analysis of the Pre1989 Situation
107
Core Theoretical and Methodological Orientations
112
Medievaland EarlyModern Studies
114
4 The Shaping of Nations
116
the First Half of the20th Century
120
The Historyof prl
122
7 Public and Academic Debates
123
Institutions Associations and Publications
133
9 The Presence of Historical Studies in other Media
140
10 Funding and its Consequences
141
11 Conclusions
142
Notes
144
Bibliography
149
Czech Historiography After 1989
173
1 Institutional Conditions
176
2 Main Trends in Medieval History
181
From Structural History to Historical Anthropology?
187
Studies on the Long 19th Century
193
The Historiography of the 20th Century
200
The Struggle for the First Republic
202
7 World War II and the Holocaust
206
8 Transfer or Expulsion?
210
9 The Historiography of the Communist Dictatorship
217
in Search of New Paradigms
223
7 Conclusions
284
Notes
286
Bibliography
296
A Critical Analysis of PostCommunist Romanian Historiography
311
The Legacy of CommunistHistoriography
314
The Slow Pace of Renewal
317
New and Not So NeScholarship
320
4 The Demythologizing Turn
323
5 F rom the Dusk of Antiquity to the Dawn of Modernity
326
6 F rom Habsburgs and Phanariots to the First World War
334
7 Debates on Greater Romania
343
8 Interpretations of Romanian Fascism
346
9 Controversies Over the Holocaust in Romania
347
Their History and Their Rights
351
11 Approaches to the Communist Past
352
History and Education
365
13 Conclusions
369
Notes
372
Bibliography
392
Historical Studies in PostCommunist Bulgaria Between Academic Standards and Political Agendas
409
19441989
410
2 The Post1989 Situation
428
3 New Themes and Discourses
432
4 Theoretical and Methodological Orientations
445
5 Institutional Context
457
A Case Study on the Condition and Perspectives of Bulgarian Historiography
459
7 Conclusions
464
Notes
465
Bibliography
474
List of Contributors
487
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