Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-totalitarian Era
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Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-totalitarian Era : The Case of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China

Edited by Ernest Andrews , Contributions by Matthew H. Ciscel , Contributions by Marius Dragomir , Contributions by Fengyuan Ji , Contributions by Ekaterina Levintova , Contributions by Andrejs Plakans , Contributions by Marek Skovajsa , Contributions by Norina Solomon , Contributions by Magda Stroinska , Contributions by Cosmina Tanasoiu

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The book represents the first scholarly work to provide a detailed and clear view of the extent to which, and of the way in which linguistic-mental habits of the communist totalitarian era manifest themselves in the new discursive environment of the post-totalitarian era in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. The book achieves its objective through ten discrete discussions, each offering new perspectives and insights on the book's topic.

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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • 19 May 2011
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • 0739164651
  • 9780739164655
  • 1,710,573

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Ernest Andrews is a visiting scholar at the Russian-Eastern European Institute at Indiana University.

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The book is a pioneering investigation of the lingering linguistic memories of the totalitarian past in contemporary post-Communist discourses. Contributions related to Eastern Europe, Russia and China provide a multi-faceted lens to view linguistic processes across societies with various Communist and post-Communist experiences. -- Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, The University of Edinburgh This wide-ranging collection of perceptive and thought-provoking studies of change from communism, and within communist systems, demonstrates why revolutions rarely permit a clean break with the past. Language continues, carrying patterns of thought across historic events, even when a new regime tries to alter a nation's thinking by changing the permitted modes of expression. This is a dimension of political life that political scientists and practitioners alike need to assimilate. These essays make a valuable contribution to that endeavor. -- Ronald J. Hill, Trinity College, Dublin This collection of essays offers a geographically diverse account of the legacy of totalitarian language in many former communist countries, with a chapter on post-totalitarian yet still communist China. Slavic Studies The volume looks at examples of contemporary political and media discourse in a number of Eastern European countries, as well as Russia and China. The topics range from the language of sociological scholarship in Czechoslovakia, to the language of the media and electoral campaigns in Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, to the intertwining linguistic and cultural legacies of the Soviet era, the interwar republic and the diaspora in Latvia...informative volume. Slavic and East European Review, 90

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