Communism

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The Reality of Post-Communism

A close reading of Zinoviev and his view of the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a tragedy. Zinoviev helps us to understand how it feels to have your world dismantled and how that experience forms many of the attitudes that lie behind Putin’s policies.

By Philip Hanson 3 Comments on The Reality of Post-Communism

Birgitta Almgren. Politically Loaded Words

In this interview professor Birgitta Almgren discusses her study on Nazi-German infiltration in Sweden and the offshoots, in Cold War Sweden, of the GDR’s policies. She is now requesting that the Swedish law courts make it possible for her to continue her research by granting her access to the so-called Rosenholz files. In a comment professor Åmark argues for a release of the Stasi-material.

By Hans Wolf 4 Comments on Politically Loaded Words

Suicide in Changing Societies

On the changes in suicide rates in Eastern Europe after the transformations of 1990. Here, a large number of individual studies are summarized, and the results are compared with previous research on transitional societies undergoing rapid change.

By Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen & Tanya Jukkala 1 Comment on in Changing Societies

the Cartographical Transition of the Former Soviet Union

In the Soviet Union, maps of reality as it should be were published, and with no information about sensitive data. The manipulation of maps did not, however, disappear with the fall of Communism.

By Michael Gentile 6 Comments on of the Former Soviet Union

Turning a blind Eye to the Obvious

István Rév opens the door to the Open Society Archives for a discussion about bloodshed as a poor gauge of a revolution, about honesty and decency as rare commodities, and about populism and utopianism.

By Anders Björnsson Comments Off on Eye to the Obvious

An economic explanation of 1989. When debt-ridden elites left the scene

In the fall of 2009, Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment by Stephen Kotkin was published. The book offers a new interpretation of the causes behind the Eastern European collapse of 1989, utilizing structural and economic explanations.

By AnuMai Kõll No Comments on When debt-ridden elites left the scene

Separate worlds

Of Lithuania’s 220,000 Jews, 94 percent were killed during the Holocaust. But few in Lithuania want to talk about crimes other than those committed by the Soviets against the Lithuanian minority. Today, slogans such as “Juden Raus” can again be heard on the streets of Vilnius.

By Arne Bengtsson 1 Comment on worlds

Stepping stone into the world. A Conversation on Sociology with Piotr Sztompka

The Polish sociologist Piotr Sztompka explains how he became fascinated by the laws and theories governing the behavior of individuals and the dynamics of society. Soon, his work on social existence, which examines the macro level, will be published.

By Anders Mellbourn No Comments on A Conversation on Sociology with Piotr Sztompka

A pathbreaker. Robert Conquest and Soviet studies during the Cold War

+ Paul Hollander (ed.) Political Violence: Belief, Behavior, and Legitimation. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave MacMillan 2008. 272 pages.

By Lennart Samuelson 2 Comments on Robert Conquest and Soviet studies during the Cold War

The Communist Past. Party Formation and Elites in the Baltic States

Political development in the three Baltic countries has not been equal. The development of democracy and the degree of corruption depends, among other things – it is argued here – on how the resistance against the Soviet Union was organized.

By Li Bennich-Björkman 5 Comments on Party Formation and Elites in the Baltic States