Archive for the ‘Slovakia’ Category

1968: Change remaining the Same

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

            Mark Kurlansky’s narrative of the year 1968 is compared to the revolutions that swept through 1848, but Kurlansky clearly distinguishes these two years. 1968 saw global revolutionary activity, instead of only European revolutions, with a more spontaneous and disparate collection of reasons. Focusing on events in across the globe, the book compares the events of the “Prague Spring” that swept through Czechoslovakia, and student rights’ movements in Poland. Through his very readable chronicle of these two venues, Kurlansky leaves little doubt as to the true state of the Warsaw Pact countries and their relation with the Soviet Union. (more…)

Nationalism, Communism, and Economic Nationalism in EEU

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Jelinek, Yeshayahu. “Nationalism in Slovakia and the Communists, 1918-1929.” Slavic Review 34, no. 1 (1975): 65-85.

Berend, Ivan T. “The Failure of Economic Nationalism.” Revue Economique 51, no. 2 (2000): 315-322. (more…)

The Radical Right

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Ramet, Sabrina P., ed. The Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe Since 1989. Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.

Sabrina Ramet has pulled together a collection of essays discussing the variety of radical right political trends and organizations that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism.  This is really a collection of case studies on Central and Eastern European politics post 1989; Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine all receive treatment.  Ramet opens this collection with a chapter that attempts to nail down a definition for the radical right, and the characteristics of this movement.  The difficult nature of this task is demonstrated later as the multiple permutations of radical right politics take shape in the variety of different political, economic, and social settings of Central and Eastern Europe.  Essentially, Ramet takes a definition for organized intolerance (born from cultural irrationalism, intolerance for others, and anti-popular rule) and adds the desire for a return to the traditional values of the Nation/community, and the imposition of these values upon the entire Nation/community (Ramet acknowledges debate on the distinction between radical right and organized intolerance, and several contributors remark on the difficulty of using directionally based linear classifications for political movements.  This becomes evident in the case of Serbia and Hungary where the radical right is used to make the ruling parties appear more moderate). (more…)