By Alexander Wöll, Harald Wydra
Within the absence of democratic country associations, japanese eu international locations have been thought of to own merely myths of democracy. engaged on the idea that democracy is not just an institutional association but additionally a civilisational venture, this booklet argues that legendary narratives support knowing the emergence of democracy with out ‘democrats’. interpreting diversified nationwide traditions in addition to pre-communist and communist narratives, myths are visible as politically fabricated ‘programmes of fact’ that shape and maintain the political mind's eye. showing as cultural, literary, or old assets, myths volume to ideology in narrative shape, which actors use in political struggles for the sake of accomplishing social compliance and loyalty with the authority of recent political kinds. Drawing on a variety of case reviews together with Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, this publication argues that narratives concerning the prior aren't easily ‘legacies’ of former regimes yet have actively formed representations and meanings of democracy within the sector. Taking diversified theoretical and methodological techniques, the facility of fable is explored for concerns 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 identification in post-communist democracies.
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Plato has recognized this: ‘They are not so dark as to be less real than what is not, or so luminously clear as to be more real than what is’ (Plato, The Republic 479d). The proper expression of this dark character is the nulla, or the curve that completely turns back into itself. In his Mechanica Aristotle explains the amazing qualities of the circle in reversing relationships of power, which enables the smaller and weaker to dominate the stronger and bigger. The circle unites within itself several opposites, each one giving birth to its own opposite, and so possessing a power that is beyond ordinary logic.
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Democracy and Myth in Russia and Eastern Europe (Basees Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies) by Alexander Wöll, Harald Wydra