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Rampart Nations

by Liliya Berezhnaya & Heidi Hein-Kircher Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

The “bulwark” or antemurale myth—whereby a region is imagined as a defensive barrier against a dangerous Other—has been a persistent strand in the development of Eastern European nationalisms. While...


Embers of Empire

by Paul Miller & Claire Morelon Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

The end of World War I and the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy marked a period of radical change for East-Central European political structures and national identities. Yet after the dust had cleared, this...


Polish Cinema: A History

by Marek Haltof Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished—yet unjustly...


Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front

by Peter C. Appelbaum Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

For nearly all of the Great War, the Jewish doctor Bernhard Bardach served with the Austro-Hungarian army in present-day Ukraine. His diaries from that period, unpublished and largely overlooked until now,...


Frontiers of Civil Society

by Marek Mikuš Berghahn Books (June 13, 2018)

In Serbia, as elsewhere in postsocialist Europe, the rise of 'civil society' was expected to support a smooth transformation to Western models of liberal democracy and capitalism. More than twenty years after...


Communist Parties Revisited

by Rüdiger Bergien & Jens Gieseke Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

The ruling communist parties of the postwar Soviet Bloc possessed nearly unprecedented power to shape every level of society; perhaps in part because of this, they have been routinely depicted as monolithic,...


The Wars of Yesterday

by Katrin Boeckh & Sabine Rutar Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

Though persistently overshadowed by the Great War in historical memory, the two Balkan conflicts of 1912–1913 were among the most consequential of the early twentieth century. By pitting the states of Greece,...


Eastern Europe Unmapped

by Irene Kacandes & Yuliya Komska Berghahn Books (October 01, 2017)

Arguably more than any other region, the area known as Eastern Europe has been defined by its location on the map. Yet its inhabitants, from statesmen to literati and from cultural-economic elites to the poorest...


The Year of the Sword

by David Gaunt, Naures Atto & Soner O. Barthoma Berghahn Books (May 01, 2017)

The mass killing of Ottoman Armenians is today widely recognized, both within and outside scholarly circles, as an act of genocide. What is less well known, however, is that it took place within a broader context...


Poland Daily

by Ewa Mazierska Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has seen a succession of divergent economic and political regimes over the last century, from prewar "embedded capitalism," through the state socialism of the Soviet...


From Eastern Bloc to European Union

by Günther Heydemann & Karel Vodicka Berghahn Books (October 01, 2017)

More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the fruits of European integration remain unevenly distributed, especially in those Eastern European nations most dramatically reshaped by democratization...


Genocide in the Ottoman Empire

by George N. Shirinian Berghahn Books (February 01, 2017)

The final years of the Ottoman Empire were catastrophic ones for its non-Turkish, non-Muslim minorities. From 1913 to 1923, its rulers deported, killed, or otherwise persecuted staggering numbers of citizens...


Occupation in the East

by Stephan Lehnstaedt Berghahn Books (November 01, 2016)

Following their occupation by the Third Reich, Warsaw and Minsk became home to tens of thousands of Germans. In this exhaustive study, Stephan Lehnstaedt provides a nuanced, eye-opening portrait of the lives...


Post-communist Nostalgia

by Maria Todorova & Zsuzsa Gille Berghahn Books (June 01, 2010)

Although the end of the Cold War was greeted with great enthusiasm by people in the East and the West, the ensuing social and especially economic changes did not always result in the hoped-for improvements...


Whose Memory? Which Future?: Remembering Ethnic Cleansing and Lost Cultural Diversity in Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe

by Barbara Tornquist-Plewa Berghahn Books (April 01, 2016)

Scholars have devoted considerable energy to understanding the history of ethnic cleansing in Europe, reconstructing specific events, state policies, and the lived experiences of victims. Yet much less attention...


Rationed Life: Science, Everyday Life, and Working-Class Politics in the Bohemian Lands, 1914¿1918

by Rudolf Kučera Berghahn Books (April 01, 2016)

Far from the battlefront, hundreds of thousands of workers toiled in Bohemian factories over the course of World War I, and their lives were inescapably shaped by the conflict. In particular, they faced new...


Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania

by Stefan Dorondel Berghahn Books (March 01, 2016)

The fall of the Soviet Union was a transformative event for the national political economies of Eastern Europe, leading not only to new regimes of ownership and development but to dramatic changes in the natural...


Shadowlands: Memory and History in Post-Soviet Estonia

by Meike Wulf Berghahn Books (January 01, 2016)

Located within the forgotten half of Europe, historically trapped between Germany and Russia, Estonia has been profoundly shaped by the violent conflicts and shifting political fortunes of the last century....


Socialist Escapes: Breaking Away from Ideology and Everyday Routine in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989

by Cathleen M. Giustino, Catherine J. Plum & Alexander Vari Berghahn Books (March 01, 2013)

During much of the Cold War, physical escape from countries in the Eastern Bloc was a nearly impossible act. There remained, however, possibilities for other socialist escapes, particularly time spent free...


Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War: Goals, Expectations, Practices

by Marina Cattaruzza, Stefan Dyroff & Dieter Langewiesche Berghahn Books (December 01, 2012)

A few years after the Nazis came to power in Germany, an alliance of states and nationalistic movements formed, revolving around the German axis. That alliance, the states involved, and the interplay between...


Czechs, Germans, Jews?: National Identity and the Jews of Bohemia

by Katerina Capkova Berghahn Books (May 01, 2012)

The phenomenon of national identities, always a key issue in the modern history of Bohemian Jewry, was particularly complex because of the marginal differences that existed between the available choices. Considerable...