Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe by Tomasz Zarycki

By Tomasz Zarycki

This booklet explores how the international locations of jap Europe, which have been previously a part of the Soviet bloc have, because the finish of communist rule, constructed a brand new ideology in their position on this planet. Drawing on post-colonial concept and on id discourses within the writings of neighborhood intelligentsia figures, the booklet exhibits how humans in those international locations now not ponder themselves as a part of the "east", and the way they've got invented new stereotypes of the international locations to the east of them, akin to Ukraine and Belarus, to which they see themselves as stronger. The publication demonstrates how there are an entire diversity of ideologies of "eastness", how those have replaced through the years, and the way such ideologies effect, in a realistic method, kinfolk with international locations extra east.

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During that period, discussing the dependence was a taboo enforced not only by symbolic but also by coercive means. The Soviet Union was officially defined as an “older brother”, but first of all, it was presented as an ally and a partner of all Central European states. Interestingly, in the same period we could note a surge of studies on historical structural inequalities conducted in several countries of the region, but, in a particularly open and creative way, in Poland. Critical approaches to the history of the region’s capitalist economy were accepted politically and even encouraged, as they could be used in promoting an image of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as being previously exploited by the “bad” Western capitalists.

Stein Rokkan’s studies on modern state building processes focused on the development of political cleavages and electoral geographies on a mostly national level (Rokkan, 1970). However, Rokkan also looked at broader structures of European dependencies, in particular, at heritages of empires and other greater political entities. As Stein Rokkan and Derek Urwin argued, any analysis of the peripheral regions is partial without taking into account their relations with their respective centers. More specifically, Rokkan and Urwin (Rokkan and Urwin, 1983), in their analysis of geographical patterns, distinguish three dimensions of state organization which correspond to the tree types of capital proposed by Bourdieu.

Ewa Thompson with her Imperial knowledge. Russian literature and colonialism (Thompson, 2000a), on the other hand, was the first to offer a systematic study on the historical development of images of Central and Eastern Europe in Russian literature. She has also been among the pioneers of the application of post-colonial theory to the region. Her work has been continued and challenged by several others authors who proposed numerous, often quite different and mutually incompatible, ways of relating the production of knowledge on Central and Eastern Europe to post-colonial theory.

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