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The PanEur1970s interactive map goes live!

We are delighted to announce that the PanEur1970s interactive map is now available online! The interactive map is intended to illustrate the pluralistic debate about opening to the West and the EEC which took place within each socialist country in the long 1970s. The interactive map is easy to navigate and is designed as a free-access, user-friendly tool for humanities and social sciences scholars and students as well as members of the general public who are curious about the subject.

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We are delighted to announce that the PanEur1970s interactive map is now available online at: https://paneur1970s-map.eui.eu/ This interactive map is intended to illustrate the pluralistic debate about opening to the West and the EEC which took place within each socialist country in the long 1970s. It is designed as a free-access, user-friendly tool for humanities and social sciences scholars and students as well as members of the general public who are curious about the subject. For this reason, the texts presented on the interactive map pages are less formal than academic texts: they have neither footnotes nor references, and almost no jargon, and they summarise the debates without going deep into technicalities. The interactive map texts, however, duly acknowledge each country-dedicated chapter of our PanEur1970s book, where you can look up the details and check our sources. Although the information contained in the map is not comprehensive, behind the map lies a rigorously built database and procedure for data gathering, which assured precision and consistency of data collection across the team. We hope that the information we gathered and make available here will be useful for colleagues wishing to explore, for instance, networks of experts, the circulation of ideas within and across these countries or socialist decision-making beyond the role of the party. Should you wish access to the database, you are welcome to contact us at PanEur1970s@EUI.eu ABOUT THE PANEUR1970s PROJECT The PanEur1970s project focuses on East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia in the “long 1970s”. Our research offers the first historical appraisal of how the ruling elites of these socialist regimes viewed the place and prospects of their countries in an emerging space of pan-European cooperation in the long 1970s, against the backdrop of flourishing East-West dialogue (détente) and globalisation. Our particular focus is the elites’ debates about how to integrate their country in the world economy, cooperate with Western Europe and deal with the commercial giant next door that was the European Economic Community. Within each European socialist country, we have mapped and analysed the debate among the elites that had an interest and/or competence in foreign relations and trade and could participate in or influence policy making: the ruling party, relevant branches of the state apparatus, the national central and investment banks, trade organisation managers and experts and academics. Our research relies on a variety of primary sources originating with these actors. The scientific results of the project are presented in several academic publications, all of which are Open Access. Please visit the PanEur1970s website for links to our publications and to learn more about the PanEur1970s project’s life and team members.

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Socialism, market Socialism, détente, globalization, East-West cooperation, planning, debt, Cold War, ecc