New Chapter from Nelly Bekus: Historical Reckoning in Belarus

“Historical Reckoning in Belarus” is the latest chapter published by Dr Nelly Bekus. This forms part of the edited volume Transitional...

Reinterpreting National Ideology in the Contemporary Urban Space of Astana

Dr Nelly Bekus, alongside Kulshat Medeuova (Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan) has recently published the article Reinterpreting National Ideology in the Contemporary...

Registration Open for our British Academy Conference: Global Neoliberalism, 7-8 June 2018

Global Neoliberalism: Lost and Found in Translation British Academy Conference 7-8 June 2018 The University of Exeter and 1989 after...

Secret Agents and the Memory of Everyday Collaboration in Communist Eastern Europe

Professor James Mark’s co-edited volume Secret Agents and the Memory of Everyday Collaboration in Communist Eastern Europe is now available through...

The Future of the Past: Why the End of Yugoslavia is Still Important

By Ljubica Spaskovska A new socialist model is emerging in the western Balkans. Can its political vocabulary transcend the ethno-national dividing...

Writing Human Rights into the History of State Socialism

By Ned Richardson-Little The collapse of the Communist Bloc in 1989-1991 is viewed as one of the great triumphs of...

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Rethinking 1989

This five-year Leverhulme Trust-funded research (2014-18) aims to connect the decline, collapse and transformation of state socialism in the Soviet Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to broader global processes. It supports a range of projects which explore both the global entanglements which informed this transition, and the way in which global, regional and local processes have shaped the way we have come to understand the decline and end of state socialism.


Projects supported here address the post-socialist transformation of cities, the ‘Fall’ and human rights between the global and local, criminal justice and the production of history across regional transitions, the ‘globally entangled history’ of cultures of transformation, late and post-socialist elites and the rise of neo-liberalism, and the global story of Yugoslavia’s collapse.

We also seek to create links with those interested in understanding this moment of major political, economic and cultural transformation from different regional perspectives.

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