A Comprehensive History of Post-Communism, Colonialism, Totalitarianism, and Secularism


Marc Mays (Editor)

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: POL042000; POL040020

Within the following eight chapters, the reader will be provided with a comprehensive history of post-communism, colonialism, totalitarianism, and secularism. Chapter One discusses the religious criticism France received in the 18th century. In Chapter Two the authors study the dynamics of multiple citizenship in five Europeanizing post-communist countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Croatia) between 1997 and 2014. Chapter Three presents the most important stages and aspects of the history of the University of Wrocław and its academic community under the totalitarian communist regime, showing how the Communist Party (PZPR), the Secret Police (SB) and the institutions of the totalitarian state hindered the university community. David Siegal presents in Chapter Four just how deep Russian influence runs in Central Asia. Chapter Five goes on to explore David D. Roberts’s “totalitarianism as great politics” theoretical framework’s potential to shed new light on one of the very few potential instances of the phenomenon that the American historian has not so far addressed: Pol Pot’s Cambodia. In Chapter Six the authors analyze the use of the Internet and smart technologies to enhance the processes of intelligent colonialization. In Chapter Seven the author introduces the theme of the importance of death education and the necessity of organizing curricula in a systematic way. Chapter Eight is based on the results of the authors’ personal research, observations and interviews among the Yezidis and converted Yezidis of Armenia and also includes materials from the media.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Religious Criticism in 18th Century France
Gerhardt Stenger
Département de Lettres modernes, Nantes Université, Nantes, France

Chapter 2. Multiple Citizenship: Public Debates and Regime Change in Five Central and Eastern European Countries
Leif Kalev¹, PhD and Henry Sinivee², MA
¹Study Area of Politics and Governance, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
²National Audit Office of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

Chapter 3. Remarks on the Polish University under Communist Totalitarianism: A Case Study of the University of Wrocław
Mateusz Żmudziński
Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

Chapter 4. Patterns of Colonialism and Contention between Russia and Central Asia
David Siegel
Department of Social Sciences, St. Joseph’s University, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Chapter5. In Pursuit of a Super Great Leap Forward: Pol Pot’s Cambodia and Totalitarian Great Politics
Henrique Varajidás, PhD
Faculty of Law and Political Science/CEAD, Lusofona University, Porto, Portugal

Chapter 6. Intellectual Colonialism in the Era of Digitalization
Svetlana Sharonova, PhD, Nina Trubnikova, PhD, and Galina Deryabina, PhD
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia named by P. Lumumba,Moscow, Russia

Chapter 7. Dysfunctional Denial of Death in a Secularist Society and Death Education
Ines Testoni¹,²,
¹Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA), University of Padova, Padova, Italy, EU
²Drama & Health Science Lab, and the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, Asia

Chapter 8. The Structural Differences between Traditional and Converted Yezidi Religious Conventions and Their Role in Community Life in Armenia
Haykaz Gevorgyan¹ and Sayedehnasim Fatemi²
¹Doctor of Sciences in Philology, Senior researcher in Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia
²Doctor of Sciencies in History, Researcher in Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia


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