"Twenty years after the fall of Communism, scholarship on East-Central Europe has adopted mainstream western methodologies, but remains preoccupied with a narrow range of themes. Nationalism, identity, fin- de-siecle art and culture, and revisionist historiography dominate the field to the detriment of other subjects. Using a variety of lenses - literary, political, linguistic, medical - the authors address a conspectus of original themes, including Jewish literary life in interwar Romania; the Galician 'Alphabet War'; and Saxon eugenics in Transylvania. These case studies transcend their East-Central European context by engaging with conceptually broad questions. This volume additionally contains a comprehensive Introduction and topical Bibliography of use to students and teachers, resulting in one of the most creative collections of studies dealing with East-Central Europe to date. This volume has its roots in an interdisciplinary seminar at the University of Oxford, bringing together emerging and established scholars, with the explicit aim of broadening the study of this region, its history and culture beyond the established paradigms. Robert Pyrah is a Research Fellow at St Antony's College and an authority on theatre and cultural politics in Austria and post- Habsburg central Europe; Marius Turda is founder of the International Working Group on the History of Race and Eugenics based at Oxford Brookes University."

part I|33 pages

Religion and Education

chapter 1|19 pages

Clerical Agency and the Politics of Scriptural Translation

The ‘Canonization’ of the Gagauz Language in Southern Bessarabia
ByJames A. Kapalo

chapter 2|13 pages

Between Loyalty, Tradition and Change

The Karlovci Gymnasium in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, 1917-1929
ByMarija Petrović

part II|54 pages


chapter 3|19 pages

‘More Hungarian Hungarians, More Human Humans'

Social and National Discourse on Hungarian Minorities in the Interwar Period
ByEric Beckett Weaver

chapter 4|19 pages

Pursuing the Fascist Promise

The Transylvanian Saxon ‘Self-Help’ from Genesis to Empowerment, 1922–1935
ByTudor Georgescu

chapter 5|15 pages

Nationalizing the Moldavian Csangos

Clericalism and Ethnic Mobilization in World War II Romania and Hungary 1
ByR. Chris Davis

part III|36 pages

Language and Literature

chapter 6|16 pages

'Writing from Within'

Jewish Romanian Writers on Jewish Life in Interwar Romania
ByCamelia Crăciun

chapter 7|19 pages

Ukrainian Galicia at the Crossroads

The 'Ruthenian Alphabet War' of 1834
ByJan Fellerer

part IV|29 pages

Tradition and Memory

chapter 8|16 pages

'Folk-lingerie' and Other New Traditions

Górale Cultural Entrepreneurialism on the Margins of Poland
ByNicolette Makovicky

chapter 9|12 pages

How to Tell the Story of Your Grandparents?

Ethical Dilemmas of Postmemory
ByMaria Bucur