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Balazs Trencsenyi: Thinking Dangerously: Political Thought in Twentieth-Century East Central Europe

The lead researcher of our Democracy in History Workgroup, Balazs Trencsenyi focuses on the transformation of political languages in his chapter in The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century Volume 3: Intellectual Horizons.

He tackles six key thematic areas in particular: the national question, supra-nationalism and the perspectives of interethnic coexistence; statehood and citizenship; the social question; politics and religion; political thought in the age of extremism; and identity politics.

Analyzing the unrelentingly pursued and often self-critical dialogue with ‘Europe’ and ‘the West’, the chapter shows how Central and Eastern Europe emerged as an epicenter of multiple political crises in the twentieth century.

The book is the third in a four-volume set on Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, and the go-to resource for understanding the intellectual and cultural history of this dynamic region. All volumes are co-edited by Ferenc Laczo, editor of our journal, the Review of Democracy.

Learn more about the book here.

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