In Search of Central Europe by Edited by George Schöpflin & Nancy Wood

Published by Polity Press, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

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From the cover: This timely new volume charts the discussions and debates which have led to the rediscovery of Central Europe within the political cultures of Eastern and Western Europe alike.

From various historical, economic, cultural and political perspectives, the volumes distinguished contributors offer an appraisal of the distinctive features of a Central European identity and its relevance to contemporary European thought and politics. In different ways, the book suggests that countries and cultures now divided by post-war geo-political boundaries have common traditions and experiences which implicitly challenge the European status quo.

Whether the traditions and values of Central Europe are qualitatively different from those of Russia is a pivotal issue addressed by the authors and provides a critical framework for examining the past and present character of Central European societies under Soviet domination.

At a time when Europe is increasingly defined with reference to EEC membership and institutions, this volume shows how the idea of Central Europe can stimulate new, critical thinking on the meaning of European identity and the prospects for democratic change in the countries of actually existing socialism.

In Search of Central Europe is a major contribution to the study of European history and cultures. It will be of considerable interest to students and academics in European and Soviet history, culture and politics, and to the informed general reader.

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