This timely volume charts the discussions and debates which have led to the rediscovery of "Central Europe" within the political cultures of Eastern and Western Europe alike. From various historical, economic, cultural and political perspectives, the volume's contributors offer an appraisal of the distinctive features of a Central European identity and its relevance to contemporary European thought and politics. Contents: Central Europe: Definitions Old and New; What is Europe, Where is Europe? From Mystique to Politique; The Meaning of the Social Evolution of Europe; Central Europe: A Historical Region in Modern Times: A Contribution to the Debate About the Regions of Europe; Intellectuals in East-Central Europe: Continuity and Change; We, Central-European East Europeans; The European Ideal: Reality or Wishful Thinking in Eastern-Central Europe?; Central European Attitudes; Central European Writers About Central Europe: Introduction to a Non-Existent Book of Readings; Milan Kundera's Lament;; Central Europe: What It Is and What It Is Not; Another Civilization? An Other Civilization?; Is the Russian Intelligentsia European?; Who Excluded Russia From Europe?; Which Way Back to Europe?; Central Europe Seen From the East of Europe; Does Central Europe Exist?
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