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Intellectuals and Politics in Central Europe

Edited by András Bozóki,
Central European University, Budapest

"A unique insight into the supportive and/or critical oppositional relationship between the Central and Southern European intellectuals and their regimes." - Nations and Nationalism

"An interesting, insightful, and quite edgy collection of essays" - Slavic Studies

Discussing the role of intellectuals in the political transition of the late 1980s and early 1990s and their participation in the political life of the new democracies of Central Europe, this book presents original essays from authors who discuss the eight countries in the region.

In the Introduction, the editor gives a historical overview of the tradition of the political involvement of intellectuals in these countries, especially in the nineteenth century. The chapters which follow describe the typical political and social attitude of Central European intellectuals, including writers, poets, artists, and scientists. A unique feature of the book is that it deals not only with the role of intellectuals in the preparation of the peaceful revolutions in the individual countries, but also critically analyzes their role in the transition and their behavior in the emerging democracies.

The most striking phenomenon, common to all the countries studied, is the disillusionment of intellectuals and their disappointment in the years following the transition, a period when the role of prophet should be replaced by that of politician for those who have chosen to stay in politics. This phenomenon has, in general, been much less subjected to systematic study than the role of intellectuals in the changes themselves.

Contributors:
Ivan Bernik, University of Ljubljana * József Böröcz, Rutgers University* András Bozóki, Central European University, Budapest * Irina Culic, University of Cluj-Napoca * Nenad Dimitrijevic , Central European University, Budapest * Helena Flam, University of Leipzig * Marian Kempny, Polish Academy of Sciences * Ándrás Körösényi, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest * Bill Lomax, University of Nottingham * AlinaMungiu-Pippidi, Romanian Academic Society; University of Bucharest * Edward K. Snajdr, University of Pittsburgh * Aviezer Tucker, Palacky University, Olomouc

 

Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Exits from communism: the strategies of intellectuals Part 2: Politics of identity: political intellectuals in the new democracy Part 3: The rhetoric of action: the power and poverty of critical intellectuals

1998
248 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-22-1 cloth $50.00 / €42.95 / £37.00
ISBN 978-963-9116-21-4 paperback $24.95 / €21.95 / £18.95

 

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