Abstracts for 2000 6-7/2007
Statehood and mentality in Poland and Hungary
Polak, Wegier, dwa bratanki, i do szabli, i do szklanki – which features do these have in common, and which not? Hungarian writer and Slavist György Spiró focuses on the issues of change and stability in the history of mentalities. Avoiding the oversimplification and dangerous determinism of so-called national characteristics, he looks at the differentiating experience of statehood.
Zoltán Sz. Bíró
Recent developments in Russia: the managed democracy – or rather Putin’s “sovereign democracy” – and its enemies. Why are the supporters far stronger?
Toward a new Middle Europe?
On current political events – transforming the region?
Moldavia and Wallachia in the eyes of Russian observers in the first half of the nineteenth century
This article examines the way Russian elites (Westernized Russian officer corps and diplomats) responded to the emergence of the East-West symbolic divide through discovery and appropriation of their own “Orient” in the course of the Russian-Ottoman wars.
Ex Oriente horror
Central eastern Europe as seen via stereotypes of global popular culture
Letter from the Middle West
Our correspondent from Vienna on Molodaya Gvardiya: young “new Russians” in Austria
Published 10 July 2007
Original in English
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