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Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism, and Myth in Post-Communist Europe
Preface: Why Eastern Europe and Why Care? 1Resurrecting Utopia: Ideology versus Mythology 2The Leninist Debris, or Waiting for Peron 3Vindictive and Messianic Mythologies: Post-Communist Nationalism
Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe from Stalin to Havel
Gives an account of East European politics from the time of Soviet domination to the 1989-90 revolutions, and considers the effect of tyranny on East European culture and politics, the chances for
Democracy and Memory: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past
All postcommunist societies face major dilemmas in confronting their traumatic past. A functional democracy cannot be based on lies, denial, and amnesia. Romania's exit from communism has resulted in
Political culture and civil society in Russia and the new states of Eurasia
What are the near- and long-term prospects for the establishment of democratic polities in the Soviet successor states? In seeking to answer this question the best indicator would be the healthy
Confronting Romania's Communist Past: A Response to Charles King
The report of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in România, issued in December 2006, is the most serious attempt to understand România's communist experience
Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe (review)
For the Polish philosopher Leszek Kołakowski, Bolshevism and fascism represented two incarnations of the disastrous presence of the devil in history: “The devil ... invented ideological states, that
The Quasi-revolution and its Discontents: Emerging Political Pluralism in Post-ceauşescu Romania
“There is no socialism with a human face, only totalitarianism with its teeth knocked out.” Adam Michnik