The Other Globalisers conference programme now available

Join the 1989 after 1989 research team for our conference on the “Other Globalisers” – how the socialist and the...

Ljubica Spaskovska’s Monograph Now Available: The Last Yugoslav Generation

Manchester University Press have now published Dr Ljubica Spaskovska‘s new book – The Last Yugoslav Generation: The Rethinking of Youth Politics...

CFP: State Socialism, Heritage Experts and Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945

Join us in Exeter for our collaborative conference with the Herder Institute exploring the rising contributions of socialist and non-aligned actors...

Join us for our conference on the “Other Globalisers”, Exeter 6-7 July 2017

The Other Globalisers: How the Socialist and the Non-Aligned World Shaped the Rise of Post-War Economic Globalisation Location: Exeter University,...

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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About the project

1989 after 1989

Between 1989 and 1991, state socialist systems collapsed in the Soviet Union, eastern and south-eastern Europe.

This project reconsiders the ways in which we understand the processes of decline, collapse and transformation around this major historical moment.

The project has two central aims:

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– to place the end of state socialism in both longer-term and global contexts, connecting this major historical transformation to broader political, economic and cultural processes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

– to understand the variety of ways in which this transformation has come to be understood in local, regional and global settings over the decades since the ‘Fall’.


To this end, a team of seven researchers will work on a range of projects on topics such as the post-socialist transformation of cities, the ‘Fall’ and human rights, criminal justice and the production of history across regional transitions, entangled histories of neo-liberalism and privatisation, and the global impact of Yugoslavia’s collapse.

These will address not only the diversity of experience across former Soviet and European state socialist worlds – from Germany to Kazakhstan – but also connect these changes to wider global currents – from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Funding

Leverhulme_Logoweb300The project is kindly funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

More information regarding our award can be found here.

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