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This section contains reviews of websites that are useful for research. Below is a selection of website summaries from OACES members, with selections of articles of interest. Very useful, comprehensive website descriptions in our field of study (compiled by the Humanities Computing Hub in Oxford) are collected on a separate page.

October 2005

1. Intermarium – The First Online Journal of East Central European Postwar History and Politics

A joint project of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Columbia University’s East Central European Center, Intermarium is a new online journal that treats the postwar history of the region in a manner that is intriguing and original. It is intended for an academic audience, and features several prominent professional academic contributors.

Bolstered by a neat set of book abstracts, yet sparse links and conference announcements, the journal provides a substantial contribution to scholarship on the area ‘between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black seas’. The collection of articles implicitly reveals a focus that marries historical analysis and contextualization to careful political commentary. As a result, the journal manages successfully to point to something more elusive and difficult: the modern mentalité of Central Europe. The articles outline the real implications of the moral, cultural, social, and philosophical choices of the region’s inhabitants during and after the Second World War.

Of greatest interest among Intermarium’s offerings are its historiographical pieces. History is such a powerful medium in Central Europe that an awareness of the long term development of historical ideas about the region is crucial to any understanding of its politics and culture.

Larissa Douglass

Digest featured articles:

Volume 4, Number 1: On the physical effects of political philosophical choice

David Bresch, M.D.: "The Balkan Stroke Epidemic"

Volume 4, Number 2:

Rafal Stobiecki, Historical Institute of the University of Lódz: "Between Continuity and Discontinuity: A few comments on the post-war development of Polish historical research"

Volume 2, Number 1:

John Lewis Gaddis: "The New Cold War History"

Volume 2, Number 2:

Vojtech Mastny: "The Historical Relevance of Federalism in East Central Europe"

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2. Central Europe Review

Only two years old, the Central Europe Review – the weekly online journal of Central and East European politics, society, and culture – has already won several awards and commendations, including the NetMedia 2000 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Online Journalism in Europe. This confidence is inspired by the CER’s great array of specialist articles about the region, along with the latest news stories from Austria to the Ukraine.

Published by an employee-owned UK publisher, the principal aim of the journal is to "concern ourselves with the region’s present and future more than its history, and with this in mind, we endeavour to overcome the traditional ‘East/West’ mentality associated with so much writing on this region." In this respect, the CER succeeds in giving a truly comprehensive overview of the region while refusing to define the area in self-limiting terms.

Its specialties are not to be missed. Highlights include the e-Book club on European Affairs (see the latest new e-book, Out of the Ghetto, by Gustáv Kosztolányi, which presents the experiences of Hungary’s Roma in their own words), along with feature articles on hot spots, the media, politics, EU issues, minorities, book reviews, and its movie reviews section (Kinoeye). Their content suggests that the CER continues to evolve and remains indispensable as a resource for its readers, who work inside and outside academia.

Larissa Douglass

Digest featured articles:

Film Review by OASA member, James Partridge, Senior Editor of CER (on Sabbatical leave): "Colourful Shadows: Sergei Paradzhanov's Tini zabutykh predkiv"

On Minorities, the Czech-German relationship discussed from both sides: "Sudeten Dialogues" by Martin D. Brown and Eva Hahn

Film Review of the definitive Czech Holocaust film: "Living with the Long Journey: Alfréd Radok's Daleká cesta” by Jiří Cieslar

3. Spaces of Identity

Run from the University of Alberta in Canada, this interdisciplinary, broad-ranging journal plugs a long-standing gap in the field of Austrian and Central European Studies. Published quarterly, Spaces of Identity is a peer-reviewed journal that describes its mission in the following terms:

'multidisciplinary, international [...] dedicated to issues of tradition, cultural boundaries and identity formation in Central and Eastern Europe.'

Articles are backed by scholarly references and are often adaptations of papers presented or published elsewhere. A particular strength of the journal is its implied willingness to see culture in non-monolithic terms as a product, process and part of political and historical trends, as the presence of articles dealing with more directly cultural matters testifies.

Robert Pyrah
Selected articles of interest:
Tradition, Cultural Boundaries and the Construction of Spaces of Identity
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Imagining Modern Vienna. Two Recent Exhibitions
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Resignifying Space and Time in Hungarian Historical Memory: A Discussion of Public Celebrations and Reburial Practices
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