Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the by M. Kostihová

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Utilizing themed functionality studies and wide interviews with theatre professionals, this booklet explores how Shakespeare's 'cultural capital' has been evoked within the reinvention of a post-communist kingdom opposed to a backdrop of political tensions surrounding the ascendance of critical and jap Europe to the eu Union.

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Yet the follow-up proved reluctant (Trenin, 2003: 1; Klein, 2007: 176ff ). Moreover, contrary to CEE expectations, in place of substantive relief of the debt incurred by communist governments after the Second World War and of financial aid, the bulk of the aid that materialized came in the guise of so-called ‘technical assistance’ (Wedel, 1998) or ‘transition industry’ (Swain, 2006: 208–10). This assistance predominantly consisted of the presence of Western ‘experts’ (international financial institutions, such as the IMF or the World Bank; professional economic consultants, sometimes known as ‘econolobbyists’; and academics) who were to steer and monitor compliance to shock therapy guidelines as well as to establish ideologically-charged training programmes designed to ensure adherence to neoliberal models (Wedel, 1998: 30).

There seems to be] a double standard of moral severity vis-à-vis small states with xenophobic problems and moral lassitude vis-à-vis big states – such as France, Germany, and most recently Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy – with far more vociferous and violent homegrown racists. (Motyl, 2003: 18) In the face of obvious failures to abide by the articles of the human rights conventions in the ‘core’ EU member states, it may be difficult to take seriously unforgiving requirements for altering policies that are to control the observance of human rights in candidate EU countries.

In an extensive study of ‘transition economies’, Branko Milanovic found that average real wages ‘dropped by one-fourth between 1987–88 and 1994, while unemployment grew from zero percent to between 12 and 15 percent of the labor force’ (Milanovic, 1998: 29). Historian Robin Okey additionally cites staggering regional drops in birthrates as an ‘extreme form of belt-tightening’; the eradication of the middle class materially descending to near-poverty; youth unemployment; skyrocketing crime; slashes to healthcare funding to 10 per cent of EU levels in Poland, for instance; a crisis in the drug supply; and a decrease in cultural consumption and research (Okey, 2004: 124).

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