Narratives in Central East Europe
|Zsófia S. Ignácz
More than 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of socialist regimes in Central East Europe, the legacy of socialism lingers in these countries, and stability of these countries is still considered vulnerable. The course aims to give an overview of trends in the political and economic realms in Central East Europe of the past 25 years. Moreover, the course also offer a socio-historic view of the region of the countries, by also discussing how various generations experienced the transition and the years after. Additionally, the course aims to not only pinpoint the general trends taking place in this region, but also to emphasize the uniqueness of each country by looking at various case studies. The course is divided into four main blocks. The first short block gives an introduction to the definitions crucial for the seminar, such as: what is the definition of socialism or capitalism, and how can we define Central East Europe. The second block focuses on the political transformation in Central East Europe. This second block touches on subjects like the role of elites, the presence of (or lack) of restitution in post-socialist countries. The third block focuses on the economic transformation and shifts in the labor market in the Central East European region. The final block shifts its view and looks at what different challenges generations (individuals born and raised at different times) had to face after 1989.