Social Changes and Continuity in the East European Context

East European societies were massively influenced by communism and socialism. Image: Flickr -  Marcus Grbac

East European societies were massively influenced by communism and socialism. Image: Flickr - Marcus Grbac

Sign up for the Society Stand Alone Module starting on January 25 to gain a deeper understanding of historical legacies in the East European context with special emphasis on the Soviet or socialist era and the related repercussions for the society today.

News from Nov 30, 2015

Aiming to explain the specific patterns of societal transformation and present differences between East and West European societies as well as within Eastern Europe, many scientists make use of the concept of historical legacies. But what exactly are legacies? There is little consensus regarding a common definition or a pattern how different layers of legacies fit together.

Starting with the example of the church and feudalism as two institutions which impacted tremendously power and state-society relations and turned out to be the main difference between Eastern and Western Europe in the pre-modern period, the module focuses on the experience of communist rule throughout its various aspects. This period left a specific imprint on the social structures of the region. The module contributes to a broader understanding of the main societal features by complementing society-level analysis with a study of the lives of ordinary people in the socialist times, i.e. the way they acted and consequently reproduced, altered or undermined the system of communist rule.

Starting on January 25, the Center for Global Politics offers the opportunity to study thoroughly the social changes and continuity in Eastern Europe within our Society Stand Alone Module supervised by the CGP expert Dr. Kerstin Zimmer from the University of Marburg.