In socialist Czechoslovakia, one of the world’s biggest arms exporters, issues of durability and demise were taken into account. Why, then, do Cold War weapons continue to resurface in deadly attacks and armed conflicts across the globe, well beyond their alleged obsolescence?
Was it foolish to expect Europe to unite after the Iron Curtain fell? What kept the wounds from healing? Talking the post-Communist heritage in Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast.
Can one speak of a new East–West split? How has our understanding of the two halves of Europe, shaped by the Iron Curtain, changed in the past three decades? Some seem to forever carry the East with them, while others substitute the colloquial ‘end of history’ with shallow concepts for political gain. Easterners are tired of the perpetual post-Communist stigma, while Westerners suggest the promised land wasn’t quite so promising in the first place.
Curators Ferenc Laczó and Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič discuss the new Eurozine anthology, a series of original essays and conversations, 35 contributors from the fields of European and global history, politics, and culture address questions fundamental to our understanding of Europe today. This volume offers a unique cross-section of perspectives and experiences from authors like Aleida Assmann, Philipp Ther, Barbara J. Falk, Ivan Krastev, Diana Georgescu, Karl Schlögel, James Wang, Joachim von Puttkammer, Holly Case, Owen Hatherley, and more. You can order the book here.
Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast is a series of conversations with authors and editors from throughout Europe and beyond. Our 90+ partners are journals, magazines and associates from Belgium to Belarus, from Norway to Bulgaria, publishing literature and analyzing politics, reflecting on culture and bringing diverse voices to a joint conversation.
Published 20 October 2020
Original in English
First published by Eurozine
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- Out of love for the South
- New fences
- The distorting mirror
- Unaltered dilemmas and novel challenges
- European Utopias from below
- This mess of troubled times
- The promise recalled: Reads
- Legacies of 1989 for dissent today
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