With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, and the EU’s enlargement, the East-West divide has lost its meaning. Moreover, post-communist countries have been more vigilant in keeping their accounts in order than many of their western European partners. So why not put the ghosts of communism to rest and build a united Europe?
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
Instead of overcoming the division of East and West after 1989, the West embarked on a programme of expansion and Russia began to create an alternative world order. Yet as economic power shifts from the Atlantic to the Pacific basin, this is just one aspect of the current clash of world orders.