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Remembrance and Solidarity Studies in the 20th century European history

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Special edition of ENRS academic periodical dedicated to 1989

Studies_1989_okładkaThe latest issue of Remembrance and Solidarity Studies is entirely dedicated to the European memory of the 1989 – year of 25th anniversary of the fall of communism. This issue published by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is now available integrally online on www.enrs.eu/studies. The authors, among others Antoni Dudek, Roland Jahn, James Krafl, Bálint Ablonczy, Dimitar Ganev, Burkhard Olschowsky take on questions concerning the significance of the events of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe.

While preparing the current issue, we were driven by the idea of looking at the year of 1989 from two extreme perspectives: that of a painting and of its reflection in a mirror. We were especially interested in showing this groundbreaking period by juxtaposing the views presented by two generations: renowned scholars and researchers who witnessed or otherwise took part in the turbulent transformations at one extreme, with the other extreme composed of younger generation who, for natural reasons, could not be fully conscious observers of the Autumn of Nations and the collapse of the Soviet Union. – said in introduction to the current issue Prof. Jan Rydel, historian and editor-in-chief.

The articles of Antoni Dudek, Roland Jahn or James Karpfl represent the voice of the ‘older generation’. They touch upon the heritage of 1989 in individual countries of Central Europe in an attempt to draw comparisons between processes. In these texts we can find an analysis of the influence of the events of 1989 on the political scene and its stability; the public debate on decommunization after 1989; the contours of the economic transformation.

The articles of Bálint Ablonczy, Dimitar Ganev or Burkhard Olschowsky are the work of younger scholars engaged in a kind of a ‘dispute with the older generation’. Ablonczy focuses on the characteristics of the Hungarian communist regime and the circumstances surrounding the democratic takeover, Ganev examines the relatively little-known role and influence of the Bulgarian Round Table on the democratic transition in that country and Olschowsky , investigates political relationships between Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany and presents previously unknown facts, drawing mainly on the archives of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Remembrance and Solidarity Studies, an academic periodical published by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is a forum of cooperation and exchange of opinion between historians, sociologists and representatives of others disciplines engaged in memory studies. It is published online and in a limited edition print.

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