Central and Southeastern Europe in Transition: Perspectives on Success and Failure since 1989

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Introduction

Hall Gardner

This book came out of a project conceived by Elinore Schaffer to develop a lecture series entitled Central and Southeastern Europe in Transition: Examining Success and Failure since 1989 under the auspices of the International Affairs Department of the American University of Paris.

Elinore coordinated the lecture series in liaison with Oleg Kobtzeff, Assistant Professor of the International Affairs department of the American University of Paris, in the spring of 1998. The Center for the Study of International Communication, directed by Lee Huebner, kept the project alive by providing key financial supports that permitted some of the leading eastern European and French scholars and experts in the field to speak.

Not everyone who participated in that timely and informative lecture series contributed to the book, but we have been lucky to obtain some of the very best. A few may be new to English-speaking audiences.

Jacques Rupnik, who introduced the lecture series, likewise introduces the book with a general discussion of the place of central and southeastern Europe in the greater scheme of things in Chapter 1, "In Search of East- Central Europe: Ten Years After." In the process of examining the different historical maps and legacies of the region before and during the Cold War, Rupnik raises very pertinent questions regarding how central and southeastern Europeans view their "new" post-1989 identity, in a situation in which the "map" of the region remains in continuous flux. He argues that how central and southeastern Europeans define their identity will depend upon whether one retains criteria based on culture, religion, or civilization, or if social and economic factors, or purely political factors, are emphasized.

In the second chapter, "The Balkans: A Distorted, Third World Reflection of Europe," Catherine Durandin traces historical west European and Russian attitudes toward the Balkans. She argues that the Balkans region has generally

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 in Search of East-Central Europe: Ten Years After 5
  • Notes 19
  • Chapter 2 the Balkans: A Distorted, Third World Reflection of Europe 21
  • Notes 28
  • Chapter 3 Rusty Ottoman Keys to the Balkans of Today 31
  • Notes 42
  • Chapter 4 the Role of Culture Under the Communist and Post-Communist Eras 43
  • Chapter 5 the Transformation of the Media in Post-Communist Central Europe 51
  • Notes 60
  • Chapter 6 the Media in Transition in Southern Central Europe 61
  • Notes 73
  • Chapter 7 a Balance of Economic Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe 75
  • Notes 92
  • Chapter 8 Ulysses and the Lotus Eaters 97
  • Notes 110
  • Chapter 9 Environmental Security and Civil Society 113
  • Notes 142
  • Chapter 10 the Genesis of Nato Enlargement and of War "Over" Kosovo 151
  • Introduction 151
  • Notes 181
  • Name Index 199
  • Subject Index 203
  • Contributors and Editors 209
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