On this episode of Books, André Liebich gives us a fascinating retrospective on the past decades of history, through his new book: The Politics of a Disillusioned Europe: East Central Europe after the Fall of Communism
Moving from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the present day, this book traces the trajectory of the six East Central European former satellites of the Soviet Union. Their history and present disenchantment with the return to Europe in spite of their significant advances.
Country by country, the reader can experience significant moments within their history as well as more widespread issues of the region as a whole. Going from the local experience to larger all-encompassing trends such as minorities, migration, and the relations of these new members with the European Union as a whole.
The book strives to fill a persistent knowledge gap in the English-speaking world concerning East Central Europe, and to offer fresh insights about the region in the context of contemporary geopolitics. Andre Liebich is Honorary Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
A fascinating overview on the moments that produced the world we live in today.