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Att förutsäga framtiden – och förlösa den: En undersökning av den postkommunistiska transitologins idéhistoria och tidsuppfattning
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas. Karlstads universitet; Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap; Institutionen för samhälls- och kulturvetenskap; Kulturstudier; KuFo (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen).
2015 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, Vol. 29, no 4, 387-417 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the historical roots and philosophical premises of post-communist transitology, that rose to prominence during the 1990s, are critically contextualized and analyzed from the point of view of intellectual history and political philosophy, paying attention to the development of the concept of time, and also of history, development, evolution, progress, revolution, and acceleration. The idea about regime change is accordingly reconstructed and traced through the political philosophy of Greek antiquity, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, as well as in biological thought and debate of the 19th century, in the modernization theories of the 1950s and in 1970s and 80s “transitology” dealing with Southern Europe and Latin-America. The analysis takes it point of departure in a comparison between post-communist transitology and cold war sovietology and critically assesses implications of teleology, chronocentrism and ethnocentrism.

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2015. Vol. 29, no 4, 387-417 p.
Keyword [en]
Transition, Transitology, Teleology, Time, Intellectual History, Sovietology, Kremlinology
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History of Ideas
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Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26894OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26894DiVA: diva2:805367
Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2015-12-23Bibliographically approved

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