New Release: The Village and the Class War

An anti-kulak campaign started in the Estonian countryside after the Second World War in connection to collectivisation. What happened in rural society when this wave of persecution was launched? How did the Communist Party representatives, local councils, farm population, the accused and the not yet accused, react? In a society with small social differentiation and few communist supporters, the campaign was fi rst
of all puzzling to everybody concerned. In the wake of a dramatic war with three consecutive occupations, another drama was played out in the peaceful rural landscape. How it was handled and how it fi nally turned out is the topic of this book. Based on local archives where documents are both abundant and reticent, the roles of structures and actors are explored.

Anu Mai Kõll
, Professor Emerita of Baltic History, director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden

"Kõll’s study is a significant leap forward in understanding postwar Baltic history. While up to today the ordinary participators in terror have either been seen as ideologically driven traitors or as mere objects of the communist leadership, Kõll presents them as subjects in their own right. Thanks to this effort, history of Stalinist terror in the Baltic States can finally be related to other new explorations on local participation in state violence in twentieth-century Europe."—David Feest, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany


Hot Books in the Cold War

Central European University Press cordially invites you to the book launch of

The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain

by Alfred A. Reisch
 a political scientist, specializing in international relations, diplomatic and Cold War history, foreign, military, national security, and minority affairs. He was Senior Political Analyst with Radio Free Europe in New York and Head of RFE´s Hungarian Research and Evaluation Section in Munich, Germany

The book will be introduced by:

Csaba Békés
Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Founding Director, Cold War History Research Center, Budapest
Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of
International Studies

When: 5 pm, Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Where: Open Society Archives, Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest


Lessons from the History of the Euro

We have been very busy since the beginning of this year and, as a result, now we have one or two books coming out every week. This week we are very proud to present Institutional Trust and Economic Policy. Lessons from the History of the Euro by a CEU alumna, Dóra Györffy, who is currently associate professor at Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Hungary.