Bucharest, Site of Memory. A Guide (Review)

Bukareszt, Miasto pamięci. Przewodnik (Bucharest, Site of Memory. A Guide), Warsaw, 2017, Published by The Circle of Students in History of Warsaw University (The Institute of History of Warsaw University), 265 p., includes: bibliography and references, map, graphs, photo, lexicon of local personalities, and modern Romaniaʼs calendar of major political events This travel guide dedicated…

Andrew Martin, Belles and Whistles. Journeys through Time on Britainʼs Trains, London, Profile Books, 2015

Andrew Martin, Belles[1] and Whistles. Journeys through Time on Britainʼs Trains [Clopoței și fluiere. Călătorii prin timp în trenurile britanice], Londra, Profile Books, 2015 (prezenta ediție), 281 p., ilustrații ,,Timp de cel puțin două generații, în majoritatea regiunilor, toate sosirile și plecările importante au fost prin intermediul trenului...Cele două șine care dispăreau la orizont simbolizau…

Alma Mahler and Staging of Womanhood (Few Notes on a Much Discussed Figure)

What can still be said about Alma Mahler, born Alma Maria Schindler, considered one of the symbols of Viennese Secession, itself one of the most ‘used and abusedʼ art and culture trends[1]? Indeed, of the much described and discussed Viennese ambiance of fin-de-siècle, a surprisingly significant part refers to Alma. These touch all possible areas…

Oana Cogeanu (ed.),Travel and Intercultural Communication in Europe (Book Review)

Oana Cogeanu (ed.), Travel and Intercultural Communication in Europe, Iași, 2016, Editura Universității „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, 2 vols: 191 p., 225 p. (bibliography, graphs/illustrations included) Travel and Intercultural Communication in Europe is a publication made up of two volumes (the first one-‘Enticing Culturesʼ, the second one- ‘Views of the Eastʼ) and it is edited by…

Maciej Janowski, Polish Liberal Thought before 1918 (Book Review)

Maciej Janowski, Polish Liberal Thought before 1918; Budapest, New York: CEU Press; 2004; 282 p.; ISBN 963-9241-18-0* This book of intellectual history, originally published in Polish in 1998, seeks to reconstruct the `Liberal idea` in Polish lands starting with the theorists of Polish Enlightenment, admirers of the French physiocrats or centralists of the same era,…

Moira Weigel, Labor of Love. The Invention of Dating (Book Review)

Moira Weigel, Labor of Love. The Invention of Dating, New York, 2016, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 292 pages The dream of “settling down” forever-or of anything being steady forever-is fast fading. For more and more people, the future feels impossible to predict. (p. 122) As gloomy these words might sound, they echo the present day…

Once Upon a Time Never Comes Again. The Traces of the Shtetl in Southern Podolia (Ukraine)

Book details: Simon Geissbühler, Once Upon a Time Never Comes Again. The Traces of the Shtetl in Southern Podolia (Ukraine), Bern, 2014, Projekt 36, 135 pages (including illustrations)   This work we are describing here is a booklet that, by the help of touching pictures, attempts to map the traces of few Jewish settlements located…

Women, Honour, and Sin in Wallachia of the Nineteenth Century

    Book details: Nicoleta Roman, „Deznădăjduită muiere n-au fost ca mine“. Femei, onoare și păcat în Valahia secolului al XIX-lea (‘Hardly ever has there been a more helpless woman like meʼ. Women, Honour, and Sin in Wallachia of the Nineteenth Century), București, 2016, Humanitas, 407 pages (bibliography included). The cover of the book we…

Poor but Sexy. Culture Clashes in Europe East and West

Book details: Agata Pyzik, Poor but Sexy. Culture Clashes in Europe East and West [Săraci dar sexy. Ciocniri culturale între Europa de Est și Europa de Vest], Winchester, UK, Washington, USA, Zero Books, 2014, 298 p., ilustrații ,,Noi suntem generația Wizzair: beneficiari ai accesului lumii ,,mai înapoiate” la lumea de ,,Primă Clasă”, ne-am năpustit către …