Post-Communist Realities


This compilation features books of the Central European University Press, published since its establishment in 1993, that have some relevance to the political developments in the post-communist region. After the latest release, titles in the backlist are arranged by content: contemporary topics are on top, older themes below. For more substantial information about the content and availability, please click on the covers of the book, or on the links inserted into the citations.

“Within a year of the election, the Law and Justice government transformed the public media model for radio and television back into channels which, even more openly than in the last decades of communism, parrot the rulers’ lines.”—from a book on current values in Poland.
“‘I survived Nazism, I survived communism, I will survive genderism, too.’ This statement reflects the conviction of a large portion of the episcopate that ‘genderism’ is a new aggressive ideology, comparable to Nazism or communism not (yet?) in its disastrous effects, but in its total character and revolutionary implications.”
“The majority of Poles have no issue with religion in schools, religious symbols in public places, priests at state ceremonies or on TV, and being informed by the Church hierarchy on moral issues.”

 “The present volume represents a major step forward in the effort to understand post-communist politics in ways that escape the procrustean bed of theory oriented primarily to the democratization research agenda.”—from the Introduction to a comparative analysis of post-communist regimes.
“Understanding post-communist politics is well served by a framework that builds from the ground up—proceeding from a fundamental social context that these countries share to varying degrees—as opposed to concepts derived from a vision of what these countries might become. This context is patronalism.”
“Magyar systematically introduces a completely new grammar developed specifically to convey understandings about post-communist politics that our existing lexicon and linguistic norms miss or tend to distort. The bulk of Magyar’s chapter is devoted to creating a new terminology for understanding politics when the separation of the political, the market, and the communal is unrealized.”

“The Ukraine crisis—despite some of the official rhetoric about Russia’s ‘national interest’—was much more than a clash of rationally calculated and rationally understood interests. It was a more fundamental clash of different realities whose growing discrepancy had apparently been overlooked.”—from a book on how Russia is being constructed as a supranational entity.     
“Discrepancy between the formal borders of Russian Federation and the lingering Russian geopolitical imaginaries produces what is sometimes called ‘phantom pains,’ a kind of hypersensitivity about former imperial territories.”

“Perhaps PiS was just faster than its rivals in understanding its electorate. Perhaps Poland was simply reverting to type. Wasn’t this New Normal a lot like the Old Normal—in other words: insular, conservative, xenophobic, and statist?”—from a book on current Polish politics.
“Kaczyński has two different visions of international relations, one for the West and one for the East. In relations with the West, Poland is the subject of economic and political subordination that limits its sovereignty. With regard to the East, the approach is characterized by a liberal or even an idealistic attitude.”
“The economic policies of PiS regarding banks, foreign investors, wind power, energy, and Russia and its fight with the European Commission all play into the narrative of Polish exceptionalism.”

Post-communist variations on the backlist,from the general through the comparative to the particular cases: