Daniel Chirot

is professor of International Studies and of Sociology, University of Washington. His publications include How Societies Change, Newbury Park 1994; Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age, New York 1994; Editor, The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe, University of California Press, Berkeley 1989; Co-editor (with Martin Seligman), Ethnopolitical Warfare, Washington, DC 2001; Co-editor (with Anthony Reid), Essential Outsiders: Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe, University of Washington Press, Seattle 1997.


Ideology never ends

An interview with sociologist Daniel Chirot

Eastern Europe as such was never “backward” and marginality is the least of the region’s problems, argues Daniel Chirot. While some countries have shaken off the “post-communist” tag, in others it remains apt; meanwhile, new disparities are generating a leftwing revival that show pronouncements of the end of ideology to have been rash.

Returning to Reality

Culture, Modernisation and Various Eastern Europes

The “clash of civilisations” as largely a function of uneven modernisation suggests that it will not last much longer, which advocates a return to the older tradition of functional-evolutionary theorists. In Europe, Daniel Chirot warns that the differentiation between “East” and “Central” Europe draws a new border between “East” and “West” which will result in excluding the poorer parts of Europe and will keep them poorer in delaying their modernisation.

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