- About the book
DetailsThis book dissects—from both philosophical and empirical viewpoints—the peculiar developmental challenges, geopolitical contexts, and dystopic stalemates that post-Soviet societies face during their transition to new political and cultural orders. The principal geographical focus of the essays is Ukraine, but most of the assembled texts are also relevant and/or refer to other post-Soviet countries. Mikhail Minakov describes how former Soviet nations are trying to re-invent, for their particular circumstances, democracy and capitalism while concurrently dealing with new poverty and inequality, facing unusual degrees of freedom and responsibility for their own future, coming to terms with complicated collective memories and individual pasts. Finally, the book puts forward novel perspectives on how Western and post-communist Europe may be able to create a sustainable pan-European common space. These include a new agenda for pan-European political communication, new East-Central European regional security mechanisms, a solution for the chain of separatist-controlled populations, and anti-patronalist institutions in East European countries.
- The author
About the authorMikhail Minakov is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, DAAD Visiting Professor at Europe University Viadrina, Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute, and Editor-in-chief of Ideology and Politics Journal. His research interests focus on ideology, social experience, social and political imagination, as well as long term epistemological tendencies in modernity. Mikhail Minakov is an author of over hundred analytical and research papers, and several books including Kant’s Concept of the Faith of Reason (Parapan, 2001), History of Experience (Parapan, 2007), and Photosophy (Laurus, 2017).
Reviews"Mykhailo Minakov is a leading observer of contemporary Ukrainian, Russian and European politics and society. His work is a vital source for understanding the deeper phenomena that drive change—and lack of it—in these states. With this book, he has tackled a subject worthy of his talents, and offers a multi-layered perspective on some of the central dilemmas of post-Soviet political culture and social development."—Matthew Rojansky, Kennan Institute
"Accurate and balanced account of the most recent history of Ukraine presented by an involved observer. Good sample of the Ukrainian vision of the phenomenon called 'The Ukrainian crisis'—obviously extends Ukraine's borders."—Prof. Georgiy Kasianov, Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
"Development and Dystopia is a philosopher’s inquiry into the political processes that shaped the post-Soviet world and a political analyst’s search for the philosophical underpinnings of the changes that those processes brought about. Both of Mikhail Minakov’s probes focus on Ukraine, but his ultimate goal is to illuminate the broader scope of the East European transformations. Anyone wishing to delve beyond newspaper headlines and pundits’ clichés in order to understand what is really going on in that world can do no better than pick up this book."—Prof. Dr. Serhii Plokhii, Director, Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University
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