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Imagining the West in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (Pitt Russian East European)

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This volume presents work from an international group of writers who explore conceptualizations of what defined “East” and “West” in Eastern Europe, imperial Russia, and the Soviet Union. The contributors analyze the effects of transnational interactions on ideology, politics, and cultural production. They reveal that the roots of an East/West cultural divide were present many years prior to the rise of socialism and the cold war.

The chapters offer insights into the complex stages of adoption and rejection of Western ideals in areas such as architecture, travel writings, film, music, health care, consumer products, political propaganda, and human rights. They describe a process of mental mapping whereby individuals “captured and possessed” Western identity through cultural encounters and developed their own interpretations from these experiences. Despite these imaginaries, political and intellectual elites devised responses of resistance, defiance, and counterattack to defy Western impositions.

Socialists believed that their cultural forms and collectivist strategies offered morally and materially better lives for the masses and the true path to a modern society. Their sentiments toward the West, however, fluctuated between superiority and inferiority. But in material terms, Western products, industry, and technology, became the ever-present yardstick by which progress was measured. The contributors conclude that the commodification of the necessities of modern life and the rise of consumerism in the twentieth century made it impossible for communist states to meet the demands of their citizens. The West eventually won the battle of supply and demand, and thus the battle for cultural influence.

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An international group of writers explore conceptualizations of what defined “East” and “West” in Eastern Europe, imperial Russia, and the Soviet Union. The contributors analyze the effects of transnational interactions on ideology, politics, and cultural production.

About the Author

Gyorgy Peteri is professor of contemporary European history at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is the author of four books on Eastern European history, most recently Global Monetary Regime and National Central Banking: The Case of Hungary, 1921–29.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822961253
Author:
Peteri, Gyorgy (edt)
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Editor:
Peteri, Gyorgy
Author:
Peteri, Gyorgy
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
East and West
Subject:
Transnationalism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Pitt Russian East European
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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An international group of writers explore conceptualizations of what defined “East” and “West” in Eastern Europe, imperial Russia, and the Soviet Union. The contributors analyze the effects of transnational interactions on ideology, politics, and cultural production.

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