Book launch and discussion on Free Speech and Censorship around the Globe
Monday, 30 November, 5:30pm
CEU, Budapest, V., Nador 9, Auditorium
Keynote Speech: Dunja Mijatovic (OSCE Representative for Freedom of Media)
Miklós Haraszti (CEU): Revisiting the Three Europes: Diverging Landscapes of Media Freedom of Expression
Andrei Richter (Special Advisor to the OSCE RFOM): Russia`s Supreme Court as Media Freedom Protector
Juan Barata (Principal Advisor to the OSCE RFOM and Research): The Role of the Mass Media in the Spanish Transition to Democracy and Its Subsequent Consolidation
Bernard Rorke (ERRC): Free to Hate? Anti-Gypsyism in 21st-Century Europe
Peter Molnar (ed.)

Book launch of The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism by Maja Fowkes
Time: 19:30, Wednesday, 25 November
Translocal Institute, Budapest, Dembinszky u. 10, 1071
Participants in the discussion:
Sándor Hornyik, PhD, art historian and curator, Hungarian Institute of Art History
Katalin Székely, independent art historian and curator, PhD fellow at ELTE Budapest

19 Novemebr 3pm-5pm
Book presentation in Wilson Center.

Visit our booth (#412) at ASEEES, browse our books and buy them at special convention price.
Join our breakfast reception and meet our authors at 9.45am.

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Living the High Life in Minsk by Margarita Balmaceda received the award for Best Foreign Monograph on Belarus published in 2013 and 2014 at the 5th International Congress of Belarusian Studies in Kaunas.

We are happy to announce that Friederike Kind-Kovács has won the USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies for Written Here, Published There: How Underground Literature Crossed the Iron Curtain.

Watch a book video for Political Justice in Budapest after World War II by Andrea Pető and Ildikó Barna.

Our 2015 Fall/Winter catalogue is available for download.

A long-awaited, highly-anticipated volume on nationalism and empire. The essays by outstanding scholars include case studies of Europe-based empires: Bourbon Spain, Napoleonic France, Italy, Great Britain, Oldenburg Denmark, Germany,Habsburg Austro-Hungary, Late-Ottoman Turkey, and Romanov Russia.
The Introduction can be downloaded free of charge from the book's webpage.

Watch an interview with Margarita Balmaceda about energy and state-building in Eastern Europe and about her book "Living the High Life in Minsk".

Energy and State-Building in Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania: Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Power 

a lecture by

Margarita M. Balmaceda

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From Solidarity to Martial Law
The Polish Crisis of 1980–1981

Edited by Andrzej Paczkowski, Professor at the Institute for Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and

Malcolm Byrne, Research Director of the National Security Archive in Washington D.C.

With a foreword by Lech Walesa

95 documents on the events that represent a pivotal moment in modern Polish and world history: 16 months between August 1980 when the Solidarity trade union was founded and December 1981 when Polish authorities declared martial law and crushed the nationwide opposition movement that had grown up around the union. Transcripts of Soviet and Polish Politburo meetings give a detailed picture of the goals, motivations and deliberations of the leaders of these countries. Records of Warsaw Pact gatherings, notes of bilateral sessions of the communist camp provide additional pieces to the puzzle of what Moscow and its allies had in mind. Materials are included from Solidarity, too.

"An important and very revealing contribution to a better understanding of a particularly critical phase in the Cold War. The documents provide a sense of intimacy to the complex interactions between American and Soviet decision makers as well as an insight into the internal Communist debates." – Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor

"This volume puts the pieces together for the last moment of communist control and the start of the end of communism. With a set of documents, it tells the story of the perceptions and misperceptions that made for Solidarity, for martial law, and for communism's failure. It is the “whodunit” of one of the major events in the Cold War and required reading for anyone who wants to understand how the communists could have so much power and be so out of touch." – Prof. Jane Leftwich Curry, Santa Clara University

"The latest volume in a seres of National Security Archive Cold War Readers devoted to presenting a 'truly multinational approach to Cold War history' by documenting 'key episodes in the Cold War based on the latest archival documentation from the former Soviet bloc and newly declassified Western sources'. With the publication of this volume, a broader audience can now easily access this material to inform on-going research or simply to become better informed on the decision-making processes surrounding the imposition of martial law in Poland." - Slavic Review

"There is no comparable compilation in English. Highly recommended." - Choice

596 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-84-4 cloth $65.00 / € 49.95 / £43.95
ISBN 978-963-7326-96-7 paperback $40.00 / €35.00 / £30.00

This is the fifth volume in the series National Security Archive Cold War Readers, editor: Malcolm Byrne ISSN 1587-2416