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Heritage under Socialism
Preservation in Eastern and Central Europe, 1945–1991
Edited by Eszter Gantner, Corinne Geering, and Paul Vickers
254 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-227-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-228-5 eBook
“The introduction nicely summarizes the general issues that distinguish this work from other post-socialist heritage studies in the region. Importantly, this volume takes socialist approaches to heritage seriously rather than seeing socialism as a past best forgotten…Recommended” • Choice
“This coherent, well-conceived book presents a wide range of issues through a selection of interesting cases. Its focus on the Central and Eastern Europe region is an important addition to the wider discussion concerning the geopolitics of knowledge.” • Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, Jagiellonian University
How was heritage understood and implemented in European socialist states after World War II? By exploring national and regional specificities within the broader context of internationalization, this volume enriches the conceptual, methodological and empirical scope of heritage studies through a series of fascinating case studies. Its transnational approach highlights the socialist world’s diverse interpretations of heritage and the ways in which they have shaped the trajectories of present-day preservation practices.
Eszter Gantner (1971–2019) was a research fellow and project coordinator at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany, from 2013 to 2019. She published widely on heritage, the urban history of East Central Europe, and Jewish history.
Corinne Geering leads a junior research group at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig, Germany. She is the author of Building a Common Past: World Heritage in Russia under Transformation, 1965–2000.
Paul Vickers has been manager of the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) and the Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America at the University of Regensburg, Germany, since 2018. His book, Making Popular Memory in Communist Poland, is forthcoming.
Subject: History: 20th Century to PresentHeritage StudiesMemory Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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