Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe

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Routledge, 21. märts 2014 - 308 pages

This book explores how the countries of Eastern Europe, which were formerly part of the Soviet bloc have, since the end of communist rule, developed a new ideology of their place in the world. Drawing on post-colonial theory and on identity discourses in the writings of local intelligentsia figures, the book shows how people in these countries no longer think of themselves as part of the "east", and how they have invented new stereotypes of the countries to the east of them, such as Ukraine and Belarus, to which they see themselves as superior. The book demonstrates how there are a whole range of ideologies of "eastness", how these have changed over time, and how such ideologies impact, in a practical way, relations with countries further east.

 

Contents

1 Central and Eastern Europe and the idea of the East
1
2 Central and Eastern Europe in a centerperiphery perspective
16
Western hegemony and its naturalization in Central and Eastern Europe
32
the hegemony of the intelligentsia and its naturalization
64
5 Postcolonial theory in the Central European context
89
6 The Kresy old borderlands discourse and its critics
115
7 The new borderlands discourse
152
8 Constructing new identities for Eastern Poland
175
9 Belarussian Lithuanian and Ukrainian reactions to Polish discourses on the East
229
critical theory in the Central European context
255
References
267
Index
285
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About the author (2014)

Tomasz Zarycki is an Associate Professor and Director of the Robert Zajonc Institute of Social Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

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