Red hangover : legacies of twentieth-century communism / Kristen Ghodsee
- Ghodsee, Kristen Rogheh, 1970-
- Durham, [North Carolina] ; London : Duke University Press, 2017.
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- xxi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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- Prelude: Freundschaft -- Postsocialist freedoms -- Fires -- Cucumbers -- Pieces (fiction) -- Belgrade, 2015 (fiction) -- Reuniting the divided -- #mauerfall25 -- The enemy of my enemy -- A tale of two typewriters -- Blackwashing history -- Gross domestic orgasms -- My mother and a clock -- Venerating Nazis to vilify commies -- "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time" -- Three Bulgarian jokes -- Post-Zvyarism: a fable about animals on a farm (fiction) -- Interview with a former member of the Democratic Party of the United States (fiction) -- Democracy for the penguins.
- 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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- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Scott Steinhauer Libraries Collection Endowment for International Studies; 2017
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