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Regime and Society in Eastern Europe (1956 - 1989). From Extended Reproduction to Social and Political Change

Objective

"The ambition of this project rests on the long-established tradition of the comparative politico-historical and interdisciplinary studies of the totalitarian regimes and on the theoretical efforts to elucidate the social dynamics and social change in Eastern Europe during the so called ""real socialism"". It will deal with the relations between regime and society in an attempt to highlight the growing tensions between them.

Without neglecting the important role of the geopolitical confrontation and the dissident movements, this work will search the key factors for the disintegration of communist societies in the common peoples’ modes of conduct. While the regime followed the same guiding principles till its end, individual and community ways kept changing and these shifts affected the whole society. Therefore we should study and critically analyse the evolving motives behind individual and group everyday behavior, their new moral orientations, as well as the changes in the regime practices and the characteristics of the dominant type among party functionaries. The communist regime loses support among social groups, which it favours and considers its social basis.

The project involves one PI who will organise and supervise the work of four senior researchers from the ex-socialist countries while each of them deals with the local aspects of the issue. The PI will study these phenomena in Bulgarian context and at the same time will provide a comparative narrative linking all five case studies.

The comparative analyses of different social practices and dynamics in similar political environments will help us understand the various courses Eastern-European countries took in overcoming their communist past and can serve as a basis for a follow-up research of the Transition process."

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-AdG_20100407
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Bulgaria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 475 787,80
Principal investigator
Ivaylo Boyanov Znepolski (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Dimiter Dimov (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (7)

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 475 787,80
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Ivaylo Boyanov Znepolski (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Dimiter Dimov (Mr.)
EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 21 956,14
Address
Egyetem Ter 1-3
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gabor Sonkoly (Prof.)
USTAV PRO SOUDOBE DEJINY AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 138 240
Address
Vlasska 9 Mala Strana
118 40 Praha
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Weber
LUDWIG BOLTZMANN GESELLSCHAFT GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 46 080
Address
Nussdorfer Strasse 64 6 Stock
1090 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brigitta Buchmayr (Ms.)
Instytut Studiow Politycznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Poland
EU contribution
€ 135 610,80
Address
Polna Street 18/20
00-625 Warsaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ewa Balcerek (Ms.)
Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam
Germany
EU contribution
€ 92 161,40
Address
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hanno Hochmuth (Mr.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 116 283,86
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vanda Mohacsi