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Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe

By Tomasz Zarycki

Routledge – 2014 – 294 pages

Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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    978-0-415-62589-0
    March 11th 2014

Description

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 2. Central and Eastern Europe in a Center-Periphery Perspective 3. Dependence Doxa: Western Hegemony and its Naturalization in Central and Eastern Europe 4. Intelligentsia Doxa: A Hegemony of the Intelligentsia and its Naturalization 5. Post-colonial Theory in a Central European Context 6. The Kresy (Old Borderlands) Discourse and its Critics 7. The New Borderlands Discourse 8. Constructing New Identities for Eastern Poland 9. Belarussian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian Reactions to Polish Discourses on the East 10. Conclusions: Critical Theory in a Central European Context

Author Bio

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

Name: Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Tomasz Zarycki. 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...
Categories: Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European Studies, Asian Culture & Society, Ethnic Identity, Europe - Anthropology, European Cultural Studies