History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe

Centre for Advances Study (CAS), Sofia
European Research Council (ERC)
The principal aim of the Project is a synthetic volume on the history of modern political thought in East Central Europe.

11th Core Group Meeting

Jan 11

At the meeting, we discussed the following subchapters: Enlightenment: ii, Polishing the language: the emergence of vernacularism and its political subtext; Romanticism: iii, National culture and the search for historical models; Turn of the century: Anarchists and anarcho-syndicalists, civic radicalism; Interwar: The varieties of leftism; Interwar politicization of religion; Post-1989: ii. The Kulturkampf of the 2000s. We presented some of the country-based sketches of the post-1989 developments (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Poland). We also discussed various issues connected to the 20th century Croat context with Nevenko.

We discussed the schedule of the forthcoming meetings:

    1. Budapest, March 18 - 20. Focus mainly on 19th century and interwar.
    2. Prague, May 19 – 23, partial meeting together with a workshop Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts and the Legacy of 1989 co-organized by the Institute of Contemporary History Prague.
    3. Berlin, June 17 -21.
    4. August 25-30 working and joint writing session for the core group.
    5. early October, Tartu with a special focus on the Baltic Countries.

  • In order to facilitate work on the post-1989 sections, we reiterated once again the need to submit country sketches (problem lists) for the post-1989 debates.
  • We discussed in detail the post-1945 chapters, reviewing where we need further help and information and where we need heavy input from other members of the group. We agreed to look for the possibility of having one more thematic workshop on the topic related to Rule and authoritarian government in real socialism, which seems to be also very under-studied. We also discussed the problems with Greek participation. We agreed tentatively to have the Greek references in to the extent we are able to cover them. Greece will remain a part of the regional context, without us delving into textual analysis. We also discussed a possible meeting with another ERC comparative team, from Heidelberg in January 2012.
  • Those chapters that are close to be finished should be finalized so that we can start sending them out to external readers.
  • Each of us should continue writing a narrative sketch of the history of political thought in our own national (or regional) context. In doing so, we should be particularly careful to include the texts which were framing the contemporary discourse (economic, legal texts, etc.), but which have fallen out of the canon.
  •  Communication should be more individualized, so that the authors of the chapter drafts can get more fine-tuned suggestions and information.

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