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By Alexander Wöll, Harald Wydra

Within the absence of democratic country associations, japanese eu international locations have been thought of to own in basic terms myths of democracy. engaged on the basis that democracy isn't just an institutional association but additionally a civilisational venture, this ebook argues that legendary narratives aid knowing the emergence of democracy with out ‘democrats’. interpreting assorted nationwide traditions in addition to pre-communist and communist narratives, myths are obvious as politically fabricated ‘programmes of fact’ that shape and maintain the political mind's eye. showing as cultural, literary, or ancient assets, myths volume to ideology in narrative shape, which actors use in political struggles for the sake of attaining social compliance and loyalty with the authority of latest political varieties. Drawing on a variety of case stories together with Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, this booklet argues that narratives in regards to the earlier are usually not easily ‘legacies’ of former regimes yet have actively formed representations and meanings of democracy within the quarter. Taking diversified theoretical and methodological ways, the ability of fable is explored for matters akin to management, collective identity-formation, literary illustration of heroic figures, cultural symbolism in performative artwork in addition to at the structure of legitimacy and civic id in post-communist democracies.

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