The first work that covers the post-communist development of historical studies in six Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. A uniquely critical and qualitative analysis from a comparative and critical perspective, written by scholars from the region itself.
Focusing on the first post-communist decade, 1989–1999, the book offers a longer-term perspective that includes the immediate ‘prehistory’ of that momentous decade as well as its ‘posthistoire’. The authors capture the spirit of 1989, that heady mix of elation, surprise, determination, and hope: l’ivresse du possible. This was the paradoxical beginning of Eastern European post-communism: ushered in by ‘anti-Utopian’ revolutions, and slowly finding its course towards a bureaucratic, imitative, challenging, and anachronistic restoration of a capitalism that had changed almost beyond recognition when it had mutated into the negative double of communism. Each individual chapter has numerous and detailed notes and references.
Balázs Trencsényi and Péter Apor: Fine-Tuning the Polyphonic Past. Hungarian Historical Writing in the 1990s
Maciej Górny: From the Splendid Past into the Unknown Future. Historical Studies in Poland after 1989
Pavel Kolář and Michal Kopeček: A Difficult Quest for New Paradigms: Czech Historiography After 1989
Zora Hlavičková: Wedged Between National and Trans-National History: Slovak Historiography in the 1990s
Cristina Petrescu and Dragoş Petrescu: Mastering vs. Coming to Terms with the Past. A Critical Analysis of Post-Communist Romanian Historiography
Ivan Elenkov, Daniela Koleva: Historical Studies in Bulgaria. Between Academic Standards and Political Agendas