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NBN Episodes hosted by Hugo:

Erica Lehrer, "Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places" (Indiana UP, 2013)

May 1, 2018

Jewish Poland Revisited

Erica Lehrer
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Sometime in the very early 1990s, while I was in grad school, I got a call from a student at Grinnell College, where I myself had graduated asking me …

Pieter M. Judson, "The Habsburg Empire: A New History" (Harvard UP, 2016)

October 18, 2017

The Habsburg Empire

Pieter Judson
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Pieter Judson established himself as one of the top scholars of the East Central Europe with his first two books Exclusive Revolutionaries (University…

Steven Seegel, "Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire" (U Chicago Press, 2012)

July 5, 2017

Mapping Europe's Borderlands

Steven Seegel
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Since the publication of this book five years ago, Steven Seegel has become a leading authority on map-making in the Russian Empire with particular ex…

Tom Junes, "Student Politics in Communist Poland: Generations of Consent and Dissent" (Lexington, 2015)

September 26, 2015

Student Politics in Communist Poland

Tom Junes
Hosted by Hugo Lane

In the conventional narratives of Communist Poland, and Eastern Europe more generally, student activism tends to get short shrift. While the role of s…

Louis Menashe, "Moscow Believes in Tears: Russians and Their Movies" (New Academia, 2010)

February 15, 2013

Moscow Believes in Tears

Louis Menashe
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Did you see one of Eisenstein's masterpieces "The Battleship Potemkin" and "Alexander Nevsky" in a Russian or Soviet history class? Were you captivate…

William Risch, "The Ukrainian West: Culture and the Fate of Empire in Soviet Lviv" (Harvard UP, 2011)

January 11, 2013

The Ukrainian West

William Risch
Hosted by Hugo Lane

During the Cold War few Westerners gave much thought to Western Ukraine, and its main city, Lviv. It was what happened in Moscow and St. Petersburg th…

Pieter Judson, "Guardians of the Nation: Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria" (Harvard UP, 2006)

June 15, 2012

Guardians of the Nation

Pieter Judson
Hosted by Hugo Lane

What if much of what we think we know about nationalism and the spread of the national identity over the course of the nineteenth century were wrong? …

Alexander Maxwell, "Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language, and Accidental Nationalism" (Tauris Academic Studies, 2009)

June 15, 2012

Choosing Slovakia

Alexander Maxwell
Hosted by Hugo Lane

On 1 January 1993 Slovakia became an independent nation. According to conventional Slovak nationalist history that event was the culmination of a roug…

Melissa Caldwell, "Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside" (U California Press, 2010)

May 15, 2012

Dacha Idylls

Melissa Caldwell
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Russians' dachas are regularly mentioned in a sentence or two in newspaper articles about life in Russia, and many of who have visited the lands of th…

Francis Tapon, "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us" (WanderLearn, 2012)

May 15, 2012

The Hidden Europe

Francis Tapon
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Most of the specialists in Eastern Europe I know first got truly interested in the region after a trip, which then triggered applications to grad scho…

David Crowley and Susan Reid, "Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Block" (Northwestern UP, 2010)

March 11, 2012

Pleasures in Socialism

David Crowley and Susan Reid
Hosted by Hugo Lane

We all know socialism failed in Eastern Europe and that failure reflected two great shortcomings: a lack of democracy and an economic system that cons…

Mary Neuburger, "The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria (Cornell UP, 2004)

February 23, 2012

The Orient Within

Mary Neuburger
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Eastern Europe has never had the draw for scholars or tourists of France, Italy, Germany, or Great Britain, and within eastern Europe Bulgaria has inv…

Nathaniel Wood, "Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow" (Northern Illinois UP, 2010 )

February 23, 2012

Becoming Metropolitan

Nathaniel Wood
Hosted by Hugo Lane

When I began my graduate history, virtually all my fellow apprentice historians of eastern Europe were captivated by nationalism and focused their res…

Gale Stokes, "The Walls Came Tumbling Down" (Oxford UP, 2011)

November 9, 2011

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Gale Stokes
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Europe may currently be in crisis and riven with divisions, but at least it's a Europe of independent states. It was not always so. The Soviets domina…

Timothy Snyder, "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin" (Basic Books, 2011)

October 25, 2011


Timothy Snyder
Hosted by Hugo Lane

Neville Chamberlain described Czechoslovakia as a far away land we know little about. He could have said it about any of the countries of east-central…