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Duke University Press
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55 illustrations
228 x 152 x 19 mm
476 g
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Red Hangover (inbunden)

Red Hangover

Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism

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In Red Hangover Kristen Ghodsee examines the legacies of twentieth-century communism twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall fell. Ghodsee's essays and short stories reflect on the lived experience of postsocialism and how many ordinary men and women across Eastern Europe suffered from the massive social and economic upheavals in their lives after 1989. Ghodsee shows how recent major crises-from the Russian annexation of Crimea and the Syrian Civil War to the rise of Islamic State and the influx of migrants in Europe-are linked to mistakes made after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc when fantasies about the triumph of free markets and liberal democracy blinded Western leaders to the human costs of "regime change." Just as the communist ideal has become permanently tainted by its association with the worst excesses of twentieth-century Eastern European regimes, today the democratic ideal is increasingly sullied by its links to the ravages of neoliberalism. An accessible introduction to the history of European state socialism and postcommunism, Red Hangover reveals how the events of 1989 continue to shape the world today.
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"Kristen Ghodsee wrote Red Hangover for the nonexpert, especially for the student born after 1989 who is trying to make sense of the present. The truly broad readership I can envision for this book, however, encompasses not only young people but rather anyone concerned about the fate of democracy." -- Adrienne J. Cohen * American Ethnologist * "This is an extraordinary book . . . Different genres are employed to great effect, offering a multidimensional view of the postcommunist world. . . . A real contribution to the re-narration of European history after 1989." -- Wim de Jong * H-Socialisms * "I have read and loved all Ghodsee's books, each one more than the last. Red Hangover is the most complex, melding personal and professional experience with history and political theory...." -- Deena Stryker * OpEd News * "A banquet of a book, full of unexpected dishes.... Ghodsee writes with moral seriousness and exceptional force, and Red Hangover is the rare academic book that is compulsively readable and thoroughly compelling." -- Patrick Iber * Los Angeles Review of Books *

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Kristen Ghodsee is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books, including The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe and Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life after Communism, both also published by Duke University Press, and From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies that Everyone Can Read.


Prelude: Freundschaft xi Part I. Postsocialist Freedoms 1. Fires 3 2. Cucumbers 1 3. Pieces (Fiction) 24 4. Belgrade, 2015 (Fiction) 39 Part II. Re ing the Divided 5. #Mauerfall25 47 6. The Enemy of My Enemy 68 7. A Tale of Two Typewriters 84 Part III. Blackwashing History 8. Gross Domestic Orgasms 101 9. My Mother and a Clock 111 10. Venerating Nazis of Vilify Commies 129 Part IV. "Democracy Is the Worst Form of Government, Except All Those Other Forms that Have Been Tried from Time to Time" 11. Three Bulgarian Jokes 149 12. Post-Zvyarism: A Fable about Animals on a Farm (Fiction) 150 13. Interview witha Former Member of the Democractic Party of the United States (Fiction) 167 14. Democracy for the Penguins 179 Acknowledgments 201 Notes 205 Selected Bibliography 223