Eastern European Studies
Eastern European Studies October 26, 2020

Bowling for Communism

Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany

Andrew Demshuk

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany (Cornell University Press, 2020) illuminates how civic life functioned in Leipzig, East Germany's second-largest city, on the eve of …

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Eastern European Studies October 21, 2020

The Rebellion of the Daughters

Jewish Women Runaways in Habsburg Galicia

Rachel Manekin

Hosted by Zalman Newfield
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, over three hundred young Jewish women from Orthodox, mostly Hasidic, homes in Western Galicia (now Poland) fled their communities and sought refuge …
Eastern European Studies October 20, 2020

The Things of Life

Materiality in Late Soviet Russia

Alexey Golubev

Hosted by Steven Seegel
The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell UP, 2020) is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces …
Eastern European Studies October 19, 2020

Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict

The Case of Ukraine

Hanna Shelest and Maryna Rabinovych

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova
The articles presented in Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) aim to explore the current political and administrative challenges that Ukraine is facing. The …
Art October 16, 2020

Superfluous Women

Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine

Jessica Zychowicz

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2020) tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged …
Eastern European Studies October 16, 2020

The Burden of the Past

History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine

Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova
The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine (Indiana UP, 2020), edited by Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper, (Indiana University Press, 2020) is an important contribution …
British Studies October 9, 2020

Reluctant European

Britain and the European Union from 1945 to Brexit

Stephen Wall

Hosted by Tim Jones
In January 2020, the UK became the first country to leave the European Union after a troubled 47-year membership. What was at the core of the country’s semi-detachment to the …
British Studies October 8, 2020

Currency, Credit and Crisis

Central Banking in Ireland and Europe

Patrick Honohan

Hosted by Tim Jones
For readers – including non-economists – who want to get to grips with the nature and scale of the last financial crisis, how it was managed and mismanaged, and its …
Eastern European Studies October 6, 2020

Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe

From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day

Sheri Berman

Hosted by Charles Coutinho
At the end of the twentieth century, many believed the story of European political development had come to an end. Modern democracy began in Europe, but for hundreds of years …
Eastern European Studies October 6, 2020

Narkomania

Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine

Jennifer J. Carroll

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell UP, 2019) considers whether substance use disorders …
Eastern European Studies October 2, 2020

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus

A Memoir

David R. Marples

Hosted by Steven Seegel
David R. Marples' new book Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: A Memoir (E-International Relations, 2020) describes the author's academic journey from an undergraduate in London to his current research on Ukraine …
Eastern European Studies September 30, 2020

From Peoples into Nations

A History of Eastern Europe

John Connelly

Hosted by Vladislav Lilic
John Connelly’s new book – From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2020) – is an encyclopedic but lively narrative that captivates both those familiar …
Eastern European Studies September 21, 2020

The Jews and the Reformation

Kenneth Austin

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
Kenneth Austin, who teaches history at the University of Bristol, UK, is well-known for his work on Jews and Judaism in early modern Europe. His new book, The Jews and …
Eastern European Studies September 15, 2020

Queer Budapest, 1873-1961

Anita Kurimay

Hosted by Steven Seegel
By the dawn of the twentieth century, Budapest was a burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis. Known at the time as the “Pearl of the Danube,” it boasted some of Europe’s most innovative …
Eastern European Studies September 7, 2020

The Moral Witness

Trials and Testimony after Genocide

Carolyn J. Dean

Hosted by Natasha Margulis
The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2019) is the first cultural history of the "witness to genocide" in the West. Carolyn J. Dean shows how …
Eastern European Studies September 3, 2020

Metropolitan Belgrade

Culture and Class in Interwar Yugoslavia

Jovana Babović

Hosted by Vladislav Lilic
Jovana Babović’s Metropolitan Belgrade: Culture and Class in Interwar Yugoslavia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) examines the ways in which middle-class Belgraders negotiated metropolitan modernity in the interwar era. Defying …
Eastern European Studies September 2, 2020

Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian

Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics

Marco Puleri

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova
Marco Puleri’s Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics (Peter Lang, 2020) examines a complex process of identity formation in the context of exposure …
Eastern European Studies August 25, 2020

Rescue the Surviving Souls

The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the 17th Century

Adam Teller

Hosted by Robin Buller
A refugee crisis of huge proportions erupted as a result of the mid-seventeenth-century wars in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Tens of thousands of Jews fled their homes, or were captured and …
British Studies August 24, 2020

Enterprising Empires

Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia

Matthew Romaniello

Hosted by Vladislav Lilic
In his new book Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia (Cambridge University Press), Matthew Romaniello examines the workings of the British Russia Company and the commercial entanglements of …