The Transformative Blog provides informative insights for a global intellectual audience. Read about social, economic,
and cultural transformations in the region with a global perspective and wide scope of interest: from current affairs to
historical analysis on Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia and the co-transformation of Western countries.

We invite contributions in history, sociology, economics, cultural and social anthropology, political science as well as
from all interdisciplinary approaches. 
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Entering Kazakhstan: A New Answer to How Autocracies Survive


Coup attempt or assertion of supremacy? It is still not clear what has happened in Kazakhstan. Whatever the case, the hijacking of the demonstrations has severely damaged prospects for the country’s democratization.

Post-1989 Togetherness in Eastern Germany: A Shared Experience of Young and Old?


How do the ideas of community and belonging that youth and senior citizens draw from 1989 differ, and what does this mean for East German identity?

Draußen vor der Tür: Warum die Ukraine beim Impfen Europas Schlusslicht ist


Nach sieben Jahren im Kriegszustand mit Russland ist das osteuropäische Land beim BIP pro Kopf auf Platz 127 von erfassten 192 Staaten abgerutscht und damit das ärmste Land Europas. Krieg und ökonomische Misere sind denkbar schlechte Ausgangsbedingungen für eine wirkungsvolle Pandemiebekämpfung, doch die Gründe für das ukrainische Impfdebakel sind…

A Just Transformation? Why the Polish PiS Government is Standing Up for the Coal Republic


Poland is noticeably putting the brakes on the Green Deal with which the European Union (EU) has committed itself to reducing emissions by 55 per cent by 2030, and to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

To Kyiv… with Love? International Assistance and Ukraine’s Self-Reliance


International assistance is becoming ever more politicized as donor countries openly use aid to achieve their geopolitical aims. This has been salient amid the Covid-19 pandemic: from China’s deployment of medical teams and supplies worldwide, to “from Russia with love” packages in Italy or the United States.

The East-West Divide in the EU: Reconsidering Scales, Pursuing Historicization


After some three decades since the beginning of Eastern Europe’s newest ‘great transformation’, the European Union (EU) has to confront significant tensions between several of its ‘older’ and ‘newer’ member states.

Weiblich, wütend, jung… Die Proteste gegen das Abtreibungsrecht in Polen (in German)


Gingen die Demonstrierenden ursprünglich auf die Straße, um für körperliche Selbstbestimmung einzutreten („My body – my choice“), so geht es mittlerweile nicht mehr nur darum, den eigenen weiblichen Körper dem autoritären Zugriff des Staates zu verweigern.

World Wars Entwined: The Belgrade Liberation Day in Serbia’s Memory Politics


Jelena Dureinovic writes about the Serbian government's amalgamation of memory of World War I and World War II and its "memory alliance" with Russia.

Montenegro: The longest-lasting autocracy in Europe peacefully deposed in elections


That was the title nobody published, though every word in it is true.

In the three decades since the collapse of socialism in former Yugoslavia, Montenegro has changed names and friends. From the staunch ally of Milošević that sent volunteers on Dubrovnik to aid Serbian war efforts to a fierce opponent of Serbian hegemony; from the last member of rump…

Landscape after the battle? Why studying the post-socialist transformation still matters.


Agnieszka Pasieka and Piotr Filipkowsky consider the profound impact the transformation period had on their native country, Poland, and speak of how the experience of transformation continues to influence Polish politics today.