Following the founding of the Central European University by the Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, CEU Press was established in 1993.

CEU Press aims to build upon its established reputation as a publisher in this field and expand its list as resources and opportunities allow. The Press will be responsive to authors seeking to place high-quality manuscripts but will also take initiatives in commissioning individual books and series. This remit includes research monographs and other specialist texts, the publication of archive material (particularly relating to Central and Eastern Europe in the modern/contemporary period) and also books of high quality destined for a more general readership (in common with other university presses).