2013, Vol. 40, no. 1-2, From Comparative to Transnational History: New Trends in Soviet and Communist Studies

Thematic issue

Guest editors: Constantin Iordachi and Péter Apor


  • Constantin Iordachi and Péter Apor
    Studying Communist Dictatorships: From Comparative to Transnational History


  • Jan C. Behrends
    The Stalinist volonté générale: Legitimizing Communist Statehood (1935–1952): A Comparative Perspective on the USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany
  • Muriel Blaive
    “Hidden Transcripts” and Microhistory as a Comparative Tool: Two Case Studies in Communist Czechoslovakia
  • John R. Lampe
    Yugoslavia’s Foreign Policy in Balkan Perspective: Tracking between the Superpowers and Non-Alignment
  • Bogdan C. Iacob
    Is It Transnational? A New Perspective in the Study of Communism


The Collapse of Communist Regimes: Civil vs. Uncivil Societies.
Debate on Stephen Kotkin, with a contribution from Jan T. Gross.
Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment. New York: Modern Library, 2009

  • Constantin Iordachi
  • Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Understanding 1989: Civil Society, Ideological Erosion, and Elite Disenchantment
  • Veljko Vujačić
    “Uncivil Society?” Where Is the Sociology?
  • Kazimierz Z. Poznański
    Outgoing Party-State: Incompetent or Self-Interested? Comments on Kotkin’s Uncivil Society
  • Arista Maria Cirtautas
    Uncivil Society as a Memory Shaping Work
  • Stephen Kotkin
    No Answer (for the Economic Dynamism and Civic Freedoms of post-WWII Western Europe)