Autumn 2016

Nostalgia was never meant to be associated with communism. This utopian project, where the principle of hope was buttressed by the scientific certainties of dialectical materialism, declared itself future-oriented and unsentimental about a world where all that was solid melted into air. And yet, with the shattering of ‘really existing socialism’ and of the world movement which, despite much soul-searching and secession, still had at least one foot in the ‘real’ ruins, post-communist nostalgia has emerged as a socio-cultural phenomenon as well as an object of study.

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Twentieth Century Communism Journal Issue 11: Memory and Nostalgia