Kristian Petrov

Associate professor of history of ideas, Södertörn University. His dissertation centered on the concepts of glasnost and perestroika. Today he does research on conceptual history, in an attempt to bring together the late-Soviet conceptual and experiential world with theories about the basic concepts of Western European modernity. His begins with the notion that conceptual history is the key to the understanding of the fall of communism. Together with Rebecka Lettevall he has co-edited the anthology Critique of Cosmopolitan Reason: Timing and Spacing the Concept of World Citizenship, to be published in 2014.

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Articles by Kristian Petrov

  1. The concept of transition in transition Comparing the postcommunist use of the concept of transition with that found in Soviet ideology

    The postcommunist concept of transition, as it was in use during the 1990s and early 2000s, is analyzed from the viewpoint of its intellectual prehistory. The concept is partly contrasted with alternative notions, partly relocated to its antithesis of communist ideology, where “transition” actually was an established concept. The reconstruction of the dialectics between communist and postcommunist transitology indicates and responds to a need for historical reflexivity, argues the author here.

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