By Shari J. Cohen
common characterizations of postcommunist politics as both a resurgence of
aggressive nationalism or an evolution towards Western-style democracy. Cohen
draws upon large box learn to color an image of postcommunist
political existence during which ideological labels are meaningless and exchangeable
at will, political events seem and disappear on a regular basis, and citizens
remain unengaged within the political process.
In distinction to the normal knowledge, which locates the roots of frequent intranational strife in deeply rooted nationwide identities from the previous, Cohen argues profound ideological vacuum has fueled harmful rigidity all through postcommunist Europe and the previous Soviet Union. She makes use of Slovakia as a case research to bare that communist regimes bequeathed an insidious type of historic amnesia to the vast majority of the political elite and the societies they govern. Slovakia was once rather liable to communist intervention for the reason that its precommunist nationwide cognizance used to be so vulnerable and its purely interval of statehood sooner than 1993 used to be as a Nazi puppet-state. to illustrate her argument, Cohen makes a speciality of Slovakia’s failure to forge a collective reminiscence of the area battle II adventure. She indicates how communist socialization avoided Slovaks from tying their person relations stories—of the Jewish deportations, of the anti-Nazi resistance, or of serving within the wartime government—to a bigger old narrative shared with others, leaving them bereft of historic or ethical bearings.
Politics with out a Past develops an analytical framework that would be vital for destiny examine in jap Europe, the previous Soviet Union, and past. students in political technology, heritage, East ecu and post-Soviet reviews will locate Cohen’s method and conclusions enlightening. For policymakers, diplomats, and newshounds who care for the zone, she bargains invaluable insights into the elusive nature of postcommunist societies.
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