Scientific articles

Fashion Design at GUM, the State Department Store at Moscow

The development of a system for producing Russian fashion clothing, along with the discussion surrounding this venture into fashion, is described here. The GUM department store established a studio and hired designers. The quality and wealth of ideas was often poor, but demand grew steadily.

By Sergey Zhuravlev & Jukka Gronow 2 Comments on Fashion Design at GUM, the State Department Store at Moscow

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

the tristesse and the lie

Factors such as widespread ennui and resignation should also be seen as part of the explanation for the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The increasing tristesse, combined with a diminishing fear of reprisals, contributed to the collapse of the system, it is here claimed.

By Gudrun Persson 1 Comment on the tristesse and the lie

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

Arrow Cross Women and Female Informants

In Hungary, there were several active women fascists. In the People’s Tribunals after World War II, however, few of the women were convicted. There was an unwillingness to think of women as capable of such evil deeds.

By Andrea Petö No Comments on Women and Female Informants

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

A Process of No Return. Responses within the European Community to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Prospect of German Reunification

World leaders discussed things behind the scenes. Thatcher but also Mitterrand were against German reunification. An analysis of documents shows how Kohl managed to get the EU’s acceptance.

By Karl Magnus Johansson 2 Comments on Responses within the European Community to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Prospect of German Reunification

Garrisons Towns. in the Baltic Sea Area

The geopolitical situation shaped life on the islands of Gotland, Rügen, and Saaremaa. They became garrison islands and the presence of the military transformed daily life. After the Cold War, the military left the islands.

By Beate Feldmann No Comments on in the Baltic Sea Area

Flirt with a Holocaust Crime. Stephen Daldry’s and David Hare’s Film the Reader

An analysis of the film The Reader, based on the book of the same name. The film’s perspective on individuals’ behavior during the Holocaust makes coming to terms with acts of the past impossible – which itself invalidates the entire film.

By Antje Wischmann 1 Comment on Stephen Daldry’s and David Hare’s Film the Reader