By Alexander Wöll,Harald Wydra
In the absence of democratic country associations, jap ecu nations have been thought of to own simply myths of democracy. engaged on the basis that democracy is not just an institutional association but in addition a civilisational venture, this ebook argues that legendary narratives support realizing the emergence of democracy with no ‘democrats’. analyzing assorted nationwide traditions in addition to pre-communist and communist narratives, myths are visible as politically fabricated ‘programmes of fact’ that shape and maintain the political mind's eye. showing as cultural, literary, or old assets, myths quantity to ideology in narrative shape, which actors use in political struggles for the sake of accomplishing social compliance and loyalty with the authority of latest political types. Drawing on a variety of case experiences together with Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, this e-book argues that narratives in regards to the previous should not easily ‘legacies’ of former regimes yet have actively formed representations and meanings of democracy within the area. Taking varied theoretical and methodological techniques, the facility of delusion is explored for concerns similar to management, collective identity-formation, literary illustration of heroic figures, cultural symbolism in performative artwork in addition to at the structure of legitimacy and civic id in post-communist democracies.
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