A likely reaction to the title of this collection of essays might be an exasperated: ‘Again?’. Recent decades have seen perhaps unprecedented interest in issues of European politics and history, resulting from a variety of socio-political processes: the end of the Cold War and the 1989 transformation, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the enlargement of the European Union, recent economic crises and rise of populist movement across Europe, new migrations and new (or revived) ethnic conflicts, just to name a few. This interest has been reflected not only in the topics of scholarly conferences and publications, but has shaped universities’ curricula and led to a reconfiguration of the boundaries between academia and other domains, such as political life and mass media.
Introduction ‘Re-thinking European Politics and History’
Instilling the Idea of ‘Double’ Identity
Philip J. Howe
Imperial Austria as a Precursor to Consociational Democracy
Agnieszka Pasieka, David Petruccelli, Ben Roth
Comparative Methodologies: An Interdisciplinary Discussion