Academic journal article East European Quarterly

From the Editor

Academic journal article East European Quarterly

From the Editor

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As it enters the fortieth year of publication the East European Quarterly is alive and well despite a decreasing interest in Eastern Europe in the age of globalization.

Indeed, much has changed since the 1960s when "detente" and "peaceful coexistence" made possible at least minimal collaboration between East European and western scholars in the promotion of the history, sociology, economics and other social sciences through academic exchanges and publication of studies in western scholarly journals.

At the time, the western interest in the communist-ruled states of the Soviet Bloc, as well as of Yugoslavia and Albania, was primarily related to the Cold War. Creeping polycentrism, the Sino-Soviet conflict, the reclaiming by communist regimes of legitimacy based on national historical legacies, would promote peaceful coexistence and weaken Soviet hegemony.

Even if the events of 1968 temporarily slowed scholarly exchanges and cooperation it is noteworthy that the number of studies received from East European scholars increased to the extent that it allowed us to initiate the East European Monographs series in 1970. And cooperation continued throughout the years antedating the collapse of the communist regimes in the USSR and Eastern Europe.

As the strategic and military significance of Eastern Europe diminished and the transition form communism to democracy took its course, opportunities for scholarly cooperation and exchanges increased often dramatically. …

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