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Stephen Gross

Over the past decade Germany has had one of the most successful

economies in the developed world. Despite the ongoing Euro crisis unemployment

has fallen below 7 percent, reaching its lowest levels since German

reunification in 1990. Germany’s youth unemployment is among the

lowest in Europe, far beneath the European average.1 One of the most

important engines of the German economy today, and in fact throughout

the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has been its export sector. As Ludwig

Erhard, West Germany’s Economics Minister during the Wirtschaftswunder

of the 1950s remarked: “foreign trade is quite simply the core and

premise of our economic and social order.”2 According to various estimates,

today exports and imports of goods and services account for nearly a half of

German GDP—up from only a quarter in 1990. Germany is one of only three

economies that do over a trillion dollars worth of exports a year, the other

two being the United States and China.

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Alexandra Schwell

This article explores how the fluctuating cartography of East and West and the varying degrees of perceptive Europeanness influence everyday practices of the people working in Polish state bureaucracies, who professionally advance European integration within a national framework. While an important part of their self-image is formed through the dissociation from cultural 'Eastness' and the backwardness they ascribe to fellow citizens, they still experience negative stereotyping and mistrust from the part of the EU-15 'Westerners'. Consequently, East-Central European state officials oscillate on the continuum between cultural 'East' and 'West' and constantly negotiate distance, relatedness and thus their own liminal position. By scrutinising how Polish state officials aim at positioning themselves on the mental map of Europe, this article shows that they attempt to escape the cultural pattern of negative stereotyping and mistrust by using a functionalist narrative of efficiency. This is a rhetorical strategy employed to cope with existing asymmetries.

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Friederike Eigler

Since the end of the Cold War and the reconfiguration of the map of

Europe, scholars across the disciplines have looked anew at the geopolitical

and geocultural dimensions of East Central Europe. Although geographically

at the periphery of Eastern Europe, Germany and its changing discourses

on the East have also become a subject of this reassessment in

recent years. Within this larger context, this special issue explores the

fraught history of German-Polish border regions with a special focus on

contemporary literature and film.1 The contributions examine the representation

of border regions in recent Polish and German literature (Irene

Sywenky, Claudia Winkler), filmic accounts of historical German and Polish

legacies within contemporary European contexts (Randall Halle, Meghan

O’Dea), and the role of collective memory in contemporary German-Polish

relations (Karl Cordell). Bringing together scholars of Polish and German

literature and film, as well as political science, some of the contributions

also ponder the advantages of regional and transnational approaches to

issues that used to be discussed primarily within national parameters.

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Christiane Lemke

nationalism), “civilizational populism” (anti-Islam), and populist (authoritarian) nationalism in East Central Europe. 11 Most European populist parties share the anti- eu rhetoric and they strongly oppose immigration. Because of its rejection of Islam, the

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Theory from the Peripheries

What Can the Anthropology of Postsocialism Offer to European Anthropology?

Ognjen Kojanić

). Cervinkova , H. ( 2012 ), ‘ Postcolonialism, Postsocialism and the Anthropology of East-Central Europe ’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48 , no. 2 : 155 – 163 . 10.1080/17449855.2012.658246 Chakrabarty , D. ( 2000 ), Provincializing Europe

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Que reste-t-il de nos amours?

The Expectations of 1989–1991 Revisited

Francisco Martínez

with East-Central Europe, the experience has had several collateral effects on the world as a whole as, for instance, an increase of labour and economic inequality; a growing vulnerability for individuals (discrediting of collective thought); a rise in

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Nick Underwood

ChaeRan Freeze, Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia (Lebanon, NH: Brandeis University Press, 2001). 18 Ezra Mendelsohn, The Jews of East Central Europe Between the World Wars (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983), 2. 19 Poznanski

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Between Boundary-Work and Cosmopolitan Aspirations

A Historical Genealogy of EASA (and European Anthropology)

Damián Omar Martínez

), ‘ A Note on European Ethno-Anthropologies’, in ‘Forum Rethinking Euro-Anthropology: Part Two ’, Social Anthropology 23 , no. 4 : 495 – 496 . Cervinkova , H. ( 2012 ), ‘ Postcolonialism, Postsocialism and the Anthropology of East-Central Europe

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From Political Fringe to Political Mainstream

The Front National and the 2014 Municipal Elections in France

Gabriel Goodliffe

Integration in East Central Europe,” European Union Politics 3, 3 (2002): 297–326. See also Paul Taggart, “A Touchstone of Dissent: Euroskepticism in Contemporary Western European Party Systems,” European Journal of Political Research 33, 3 (1998): 363