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Type of publication: book part
Type of publication (PDB): Knygos dalis / Part of book (Y)
Field of Science: Politikos mokslai / Political sciences (S002)
Author(s): Kavaliauskas, Tomas
Title: Thirty years in search for identity in Central Europe
Is part of: Europe thirty years after 1989: transformations of values, memory, and identity / editor Tomas Kavaliauskas. Leiden : Brill, 2021
Extent: p. 27-58
Date: 2021
Note: Series: Value Inquiry, Volume: 359, Central European value studies
Keywords: Communism;Year 1989;Central Europe;Eastern Europe;Milan Kundera;Vaclav Havel;Adam Michnik;Liberal values;Dissidents;Dictatorship
ISBN: 9789004442115
Abstract: Central Europe is also the New Europe, if we are to treat this region as including the new EU members since 2004. The countries of this region had different levels of economic and political liberties already in the times of socialism between WW II and 1989. The region had more suppression than liberties, yet those levels of suppression differed per country. Generalizations of the Communist “East” (a term that brutally blends Eastern Europe with Central) are misguiding and it is important to deconstruct those generalizations in order to show that even under socialism different countries had their different levels of political suppression for freedom of speech and economic suppression for the liberal market. These different levels expose different pre-1989 cases and, therefore, different premises as well as conditions for post-1989 transformations. Different memories and traumatic historical experiences are even more important when discussing the search for Central European identity. Difficulties in creating trans-national history, and continuous disagreements of to whom “truly” belongs this or that city and border region, cause inner tensions among the countries
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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