By Alexander Wöll,Harald Wydra

In the absence of democratic nation associations, jap eu international locations have been thought of to own in simple terms myths of democracy. engaged on the idea that democracy isn't just an institutional association but additionally a civilisational venture, this e-book argues that legendary narratives aid figuring out the emergence of democracy with no ‘democrats’. analyzing various 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 ancient assets, myths quantity 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 types. Drawing on a variety of case reports together with Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, this publication argues that narratives concerning the earlier should not easily ‘legacies’ of former regimes yet have actively formed representations and meanings of democracy within the sector. Taking assorted theoretical and methodological techniques, the ability of fantasy is explored for concerns resembling 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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