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Osteuropa 2-3/2009
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Freiheit im Blick. 1989 und der Aufbruch in Europa [Freedom within sight. 1989 and Europe's new start]


Heftbeschreibung / Abstracts (de) (en)

1989 and the spirit of time
Adam Michnik
Verteidigung der Freiheit
Reflexionen über 1989
Defence of freedom
Reflections on 1989
György Konrád
Ohne Prügel und Waffengetöse
Notizen aus der Wende: Dez. '88--Jan. '89
Without beatings and gunfire
Notes from the turning point: Dec. '88 – Jan. '89
Petr Pithart
Wie die "Revolution" zum "Umbruch" verkam
Birth mark
How the “Velvet Revolution” degenerated into a "regime change"
Tomas Venclova
Die in der Kälte wohnten
Die litauische Dissidenz 1953--1980
Those who lived in the cold
The Lithuanian dissidence 1953–1980


Karl Schlögel
Die Ameisenhändler vom Bahnhof Zoo
Geschichte im Abseits und vergessene Europäer
The "merchant ants" of Zoo station
On history on the sidelines and forgotten Europeans
Wolfgang Eichwede
Don Quichottes Sieg
Bürgerrechtler und die Revolutionen von 1989
Don Quixote's victory
The civil rights activists and the revolutions of 1989
Oldrich Tuma
Der verschwundene Schatten
Der Regimekollaps der CSSR im Vergleich
The shadow that disappeared
The collapse of the Czechoslovak regime in comparison
Andrzej Paczkowski
Polnischer Bürgerkrieg
Der unaufhaltsame Abstieg des Kommunismus
Polish civil war
The unrelenting decline of communism
Gerhard Simon
List der Geschichte
Perestrojka, Mauerfall und das Ende der UdSSR
History's cunning
Perestroika, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of the Soviet Union
Fedor Lukjanov
Blick zurück nach vorn
Russland zwischen Geschichte und Globalisierung
Looking back to the future
Russia between history and globalisation
Jerzy Holzer
Abschied von einer Illusion
Die Solidarnosc und die konfliktfreie Gesellschaft
Taking leave of an illusion
Solidarnosc and the idea of a society free of conflict
Jirina Siklová
Die Freiheit ist nicht maskulin
Die tschechische Frauenbewegung vor und nach 1989
Freedom is not masculine
The Czech women's movement before and after 1989
Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski
Der große Wandel
Polen auf dem Weg zum "Runden Tisch"
The great transformation
Poland on the road to the "round table"
Stefan Samerski
Teufel und Weihwasser
Der Papst und die Erosion des Kommunismus
The devil and holy water
John Paul II and the erosion of communism


Jachym Topol
Von der Irrenanstalt nach Europa
Über die Obsession der Geschichte
From the asylum to Europe
On the obsession of history and the irresistible desire to provoke the controllers
Katharina Raabe
A reading room
Literature in east central Europe since 1989
Ales Steger
Erbarmen, Erbarmen!
Verstehen Sie die Welt, Herr Professor?
Mercy! Mercy!
Professor, do you understand the world?
Gemma Pörzgen
Dynamik und Verharren
Europäische Öffentlichkeit und ihre Grenzen
Dynamism and persistence
A European public and its borders
Christina Links, Katharina Raabe
"Literatur, von der wir geträumt hatten!"
Das Buch und die Ambivalenzen von 1989
"The literature of which we dreamed"
The book and ambivalent outcomes of 1989
Tomas Venclova
Drei Gedichte
Three poems
Doris Liebermann
"Ich begreife nur den Menschen, der stürzt"
Osteuropäische Einflüsse in H.H. Grimmlings Werk
"I understand only the man who falls"
East European influences in the work of H.-H. Grimmling
Dobrochna Dabert
Der Umbruch
1989 im polnischen Film
The turning point
1989 in Polish film
Ivaylo Ditchev
Eine Gebrauchsanweisung
Borderline cases
Instructions for use


Stefan Auer
Wer hat Angst vor Osteuropa?
Nationalismus und EU-Integration nach 1989
Who ist afraid of the "new Europe"
Nationalism and European integration since 1989
Kai-Olaf Lang
Rebellion der Ungeduldigen
Populismus in Ostmitteleuropa
Rebellion of the impatient
Populism in east central Europe
Dorothee Bohle, Bélá Greskovits
Wirtschaftswunder und Staatsverschuldung
Zur politischen Ökonomie Ostmitteleuropas
Economic miracle and national debt
On the political economy of east central Europe
Vladimír Handl
Vom Sowjetsatellit zur Westintegration
20 Jahre tschechische Europapolitik: Eine Bilanz
From Soviet satellite to integration with the West
Twenty years of Czech Europe policy: a balance
Aleksandr Smolar
Die Mauer in den Köpfen
Die Erinnerungskultur spaltet Europa
The walls in people's heads
Memory culture divides Europe
Robert Brier
Große Linien
Zur Historisierung des Wandels um 1989
Sweeping lines
On the historicisation of the transition around 1989


Focal points     click for more

Ukraine in focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

The ends of democracy
At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. We have collected articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture. [more]

The public sphere in the making
The public sphere is not something given; it is made - over and over again. But which actors are involved and what roles do they play? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? And in which media or public space does the debate take place? [more]

The EU: Broken or just broke?
Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken -- and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [more]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch a new online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Robert Skidelsky
The Eurozone crisis: A Keynesian response
Political economist and Keynes biographer Robert Skidelsky explains the reasons for the failure of the current anti-crisis policy and how Europe can start to grow again. Listen to the full debate organized by Krytyka Polityczna. [more]

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Editor's choice     click for more

Marcus Rediker
Ghosts on the waterfront
Historian Marcus Rediker describes the sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves transported from Africa, going on to discuss European harbour cities' role in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy. [more]

Literature     click for more

Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon
Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz
The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere
The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Oslo, 29 November - 2 December 2013
Under the heading "Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere", the 2013 Eurozine conference focused on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere. [more]

Multimedia     click for more
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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