A New Map of Eastern Europe

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Ákos Moravánszky 

Mapping the recent architectural landscape of Eastern Europe means to structure a territory which underwent, and is still undergoing, radical transformations triggered by the big political earthquake of 1989. The American skepticism (and sub-sequent activism) regarding European integration and the aftershocks of 9/11 cre-ated new tectonic fault lines across Europe. The famed quip of Donald Rumsfeld re-garding ‘New Europe’ as a committed ally vis-à-vis amnesiac ‘Old Europe’, forgetful about its historical debt to the United States, was not only an attempt to mark a new internal border, but attested youthfulness even to political leaders who served on communist government posts before. ‘New’ resonated well with the American identification with ‘newness’... [+]

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