Re: QOTM - September

The main difference between the events of 1989-91 and 2020 is optimism and pessimism respectively. The events relating to the collapse of communist regimes in the late 1980s and early 1990s aligned with a liberal outlook and came alongside – and indeed contributed to – the end of the Cold War. When combined with the widening and deepening of European integration, even the suffering in the former Yugoslavia seemed to suggest that this ‘bad’ ‘ethnic’ nationalism was a historical relic.

CS: East Central Europe, 1944-2004 [J. Krapfl, 2018]

This is a course on the postwar history of Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, and Poland. Historically and culturally, these four countries all belong to "Central Europe," but from the late 1940s to the early 1990s they were politically part of "the East." What distinguishes this region, in other words, are its historical ties to the West on one hand, and its experience of Communism on the other. Since 1989 a generation has passed and the region has been fully re-integrated into the West.

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