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Mapping Modernities: Geography of Central and Eastern Europe, 1920-2000

Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography Series

By: Alan Dingsdale

324 pages, Figs, tabs, maps


Hardback | Dec 2001 | #124972 | ISBN: 0415216206
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When the communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe collapsed in 1989/91, there was a revived interest in a region that had been largely neglected by western geographers. Mapping Modernities draws on the resulting work and other original theoretical and empirical sources to describe, interpret and explain the place and spatial order of modernities in Central and Eastern Europe since 1920, to give a theoretically underpinned, regional geography of the area. The book interprets the geography of Central and Eastern Europe from 1920 - 2000 in terms of spatiality and modernity. It details the individual and collective development of places produced within the three modernising projects of Nationalism, Communism and Neo-liberalism. These ideologies are seen as three geo-historical, time/space conjunctions of modernity competing for the hegemonic imposition of order onto the maelstrom of ideas, people and events in the central-eastern territories of Europe. Within each geo-historical period, localities, regions, states, Europe and the globe are systematically debated as constructed and contested places. Spatial modernity theorises an experience of time and space mediated through place. Place is conceptualised as bounded, multi-scalar meaningful, relational space. Place expresses individual and environmental development in ideas and practices. Spatial modernity directs attention to the multi-scalar properties of place, place particularities and place relations that are embedded in socio-cultural and locational attitudes and values.


Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Geography, Modernity and Central and Eastern Europe as Marchlands. Chapter 1. Geography, modernity and spatial modernity Chapter 2. Marches and disputed borderlands: What and where are the lands of which we speak? Part Two: Spatial Modernity and the Nationalist Project. Chapter 3. The Nationalist project: The assertion of ethnic national development as modernity Chapter 4. Localities in nationalist modernity Chapter 5. Nation state and regions in nationalist modernity Chapter 6. The marchlands in European and global modernity Part Three: Spatial Modernity and the Communist Project. Chapter 7. The Communist project: the assertion of collective development and competing global modernitites Chapter 8. Localities as an experience of Communist modernity Chapter 9. The party-state and its regions Chapter 10. Eastern Europe in the European and global spaces of competing modernities Part Four: Spatial Modernity and the Neo-Liberal Project. Chapter 11. The Neo-liberal project: The assertion of self-development Chapter 12. Localities in transition Chapter 13. Regions in transition Chapter 14. States in transition Chapter 15. The marchlands in the production of the new Europe Chapter 16. Central and Eastern Europe as marchlands in Neo-liberal global modernity in the 1990s. Conclusion Reference List

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