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East Central European Crisis Discourses in the Twentieth Century: A Never-Ending Story?

Balázs Trencsényi

The term "crisis," with its complex history, has emerged as one of the pivotal notions of political modernity. As such, reconstructing the ways the discourse of crisis functioned in various contexts and historical moments gives us a unique insight not only into a series of conceptual transformations, but also into the underlying logic of key political and intellectual controversies of the last two centuries. Studying the ways crisis was experienced, conceptualized, and negotiated can contribute to the understanding of how various visions of time and history shape political thinking and, conversely, how political and social reconfigurations frame our assumptions about temporality and spatiality.

A historical region wedged in between various competing imperial centers, East Central Europe has been an area often associated with crisis phenomena by both internal and external observers. Seeking to employ the regional gaze as a vantage point to reflect on issues which are relevant well beyond those countries between the Baltic and the Adriatic, this project is also in dialogue with a number of recent transnational attempts to rethink political and intellectual history with regard to the recurrent epistemological frames that structure the political and cultural debate.

This book will thus be useful both for researchers, from the field of conceptual history and numerous adjacent fields, and graduate university students alike.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Aug 9th, 2024
  • Pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032572055
  • Categories: Eastern Europe - GeneralHistoriographyModern - 21st Century

About the Author

Balázs Trencsényi is a professor at the CEU History Department and the director of the CEU Institute for Advanced Study. He is one of the authors of a two-volume History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe (2016, 2018), alongside numerous other publications on East Central European intellectual history.

Lucija Balikic is a PhD candidate at the Department of History, Central European University. Her research interests include intellectual and social history of late Austria-Hungary and interwar Yugoslavia. She published several research articles on history of knowledge production and body-politics in regional and international journals.

Una Blagojevic is a PhD candidate at the Department of History, Central European University and a research assistant at the Babeș-Bolyai University. Her doctoral research focuses on the intellectual history of Marxist Humanism in socialist Yugoslavia, and she is broadly interested in the social, cultural, and gender histories of East Central Europe.

Isidora Grubački is a historian focusing on contemporary European history, specializing in the fields of transnational women's history and intellectual history of feminism in the interwar period. Her PhD dissertation was defended at Central European University in Vienna in 2024. She works as assistant researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Ljubljana and is currently a member of the team of ERC project The History of Feminist Political Thought and Women's Rights Discourses in East Central Europe 1929-2001 (HERESSEE), hosted at the University of Vienna.