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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An Unknown Portrait

Miklós Kun, Professor of History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

"The best of all the books this year - and highly significant in terms of genuine new research - was Miklos Kun's Stalin: An Unknown Portrait, a splendid, subtle and deeply researched picture of the dictator and his circle, filled with new photographs. Kun manages to give a much more intimate and true picture of the workings of the inner circle: among several gems, he quotes Stalin's correspondence with his 10-year-old daughter Svetlana, who cheekily quizzes him on power and sends him orders signed "Svetlana Stalina the Boss".
-- Financial Times

"Kun is the grandson of Bela Kun, who was the leader of the nascent Hungarian Communist party and the dominant figure of the ill-fated Communist regime of 1919. Also, more importantly, Bela Kun was a refugee in Moscow for almost two decades, and ultimately a victim of Stalin's purges. Miklos Kun's family connections enabled him to collect a valuable archive and in the course of the 1990s to find and interview some of the diminishing number of people who knew Stalin." - The Russian Review

"The book contains a number of fascinating revelations; in particular, it offers a wealth of new information about Stalin's persecution of the families of his two wives, Yekaterina Svanidze and Nadezhda Alliluyeva. An additional strength is the inclusion of over 300 photos from the collecction of David King. ... this impressive book is recommended for all collections with interests in Russian history." - Choice

"Die persönliche Prägung des eigenen Lebens durch die mächtigen Stalin-Legenden haben den ungarischen, 1946 in der Sowjetunion geborenen Historiker dazu bewogen, seine eigene Stalin-Biographie vorzulegen, gleichsam um sich selbst von der immer noch herrschenden Mythen zu befreien. Herausgekommen is dabei ein sehr persönliches, engagiertes, um Aufklärung bemühtes Buch in Bildbandformat mit unzähligen Abbildungen von Stalin und seinen Weggefährten. Im Mittelpunkt steht das Anliegen, die offiziellen, von der 'Beria-Bande' zusammentragenen Daten und die offizielle Biographie des 'Kratkij kurs' mit der Wahrheit zu konfrontieren". - Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas

This exceptional volume of oral history contains exciting new information about Stalin's actual and political 'family', the political Mafia and the clans around him. The author has interviewed key politicians who survived the Stalin era, including officials of the KGB and the Komsomol, as well as people who had personal contact with the dictator as secretaries or interpreters. Kun's special expertise and his access to archival sources in Russia have resulted in a work revealing jealously guarded secrets.

In addition to the interviews and hitherto unpublished correspondence between Stalin, Molotov, Voroshilov, Mikoyan, Zhdanov and others, the book also contains a fascinating selection from a private collection of photos of Stalin, his family members, and various political actors of the period. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index of names and photos add to the value of the volume.

396 pages, 220 mm x 285 mm (8.6" x 11"), appr. 300 photos
ISBN 978-963-9241-19-0 cloth $59.95 /€49.00 / £40.00