Western Eurasian Time publications (Nyugat-Eurázsiai Idő)

Launched in the fall of 2015 under the title Western Eurasian Time (Nyugat-Eurázsiai Idő), our book series brings together works by authors who seek to give the region its own voice and question its past and present with the tools of social sciences.

Our series brings together authors who seek to give their own voice of Central Europe and the post-Soviet, non-Russian New Eastern European region and question their past and present with the tools social sciences. So far, our series has included works by Ewa M. Thompson, Mykola Riabchuk, Anne Applebaum, Agnieszka Kołakowska, Ihar Babkou and Orsolya Németh. The interesting thing about our volumes is that each cover is prepared using the work of a contemporary Hungarian artist.

 

 

In preparation: Andrzej Nowak: Putin. Sources of Imperial Aggression (Warsaw 2014)

With the publication of Andrzej Nowak's book in Hungarian, the aim of the enterprise is to get to know the history of the Polish people more accurately in the light of new research. Andrzej Nowak’s book will be the seventh volume in the Western Eurasian Time book series launched by our Institute in 2015. 

 Works in the Western Eurasian book series:

  • Orsolya Németh: Post-Soviet Non-Fiction (Németh Orsolya: Posztszovjet Non-Fiction) - 2019

Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Chechnya and Ingushetia, Kyrgyzstan, Yakutia, Ukraine, Belarus - just to name a few of the many countries that became independent states after the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991 and that are home to many different peoples.

 

  • Ihar Babkou: The Kingdom of Belarus: Interpretation of Ru[i]ns. (Ihar Babkou: A Fehérorosz Királyság) - 2018

Babkou studied philosophy in Minsk during the agony of the Soviet empire in the second half of the 1980s, when Belarusian self-knowledge had already entered its theoretical stage. It was high time because in the following years it was advisable for Belarusians to use their minds, as they had to rethink their traditions and national existence when they were given the greatest chance of their lives.

 

 

  • Agnieszka Kolakowska: War of Cultures and Other Strives (Agnieszka Kolakowska: Kultúrák háborúi és más harcok) - 2016

„I have described various orthodoxy fashionable nowadays and their consequences most often; one of the most essential and worrying of the latter is the rapidly dwindling space between what is a must and what is not allowed. “Rights” (in the sense of “entitlement”) are proliferating, the scope of freedoms is narrowing, and freedom of expression is becoming more and more violated.”

  •  Anne Applebaum: Between East and West. Across the Borderlands of Europe (Anne Applebaum: Kelet és Nyugat között) - 2016

The area described in the work, the border region from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, separates Europe from Russia. We know little or less about this Gulf, because it no longer belongs to the well-known Central Europe. The voyage begins in Gdańsk, where the author boards the ship to Kaliningrad. In the city previously hermetically sealed, he searches for traces of German culture for a long time, then goes on to Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, then through Transcarpathia to Moldova, and finally reaches Odessa.

  • Mykola Riabchuk: Two Ukraines (Mykola Riabchuk: A két Ukrajna) - 2015

Despite the serious world political significance of Ukraine’s struggle for independence, which has been suffering from Russian imperial aggression, the country receives surprisingly little international attention. Or, if it does, it is the subject of geopolitical speculation rather than the subject of its own fate, as would be expected in the case of a sovereign country.

 

  • Ewa M. Thompson: Imperial Knowledge. Russian Literature and Colonialism (Ewa M. Thompson: A birodalom trubadúrjai. Az orosz irodalom és a kolonializmus. - 2015

In the second half of the 20th century, after the disintegration of the classical colonial empires, postcolonial research began to develop rapidly. During the re-reading, the game of dominance and subordination, authority and obedience were also pointed out in the works of the greatest classics. As practitioners of this critique examined the conflicts between the Third World and the most developed countries, Russian literature was left out. The Russians, following the Tsarist and Soviet traditions, still idealize the successes of Russian culture.

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