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As a US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center, The Center for European and Eurasian Studies (CEES) provides a pan-European perspective for scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines. Originally established in 1957 as a center for Russian and East European Studies, it reorganized in 1993 to reflect the shift in teaching and research toward an expanding and increasingly integrated European community. CEES promotes teaching and research by internationally acclaimed specialists of Western, Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia, and fosters cross-country and cross-disciplinary collaboration among the social sciences, humanities, professional schools, and libraries.

Cover page of Ecstatic Crowds, Addicted Dictators, Intoxicating Politics: Reflections on Rausch and Fascist Italy

Ecstatic Crowds, Addicted Dictators, Intoxicating Politics: Reflections on Rausch and Fascist Italy

(2004)

Can the concept of ecstasy explain some of the rationale of dictatorships, and more specifically of fascism? And can the concept of ecstasy be connected to manipulation? These are the two central questions I would like to raise and explore in this paper, although there are also other questions that will emerge in my discussion which I hope will help clarify the relationship between ecstasy and manipulation

Cover page of Nazi Disourses on "Rausch" Before And After 1945: Codes and Emotions

Nazi Disourses on "Rausch" Before And After 1945: Codes and Emotions

(2004)

How do we explain effects like enthusiasm, fanaticism, collective violence or fraternization, appearances often described during festivals or mass gatherings? Even if we consider the fact, that enthusiastic organizers or observers often invented or exaggerated such collective feelings and even, if we study sources critically and sceptically, we would still have to deal with the problem that the talking about collective emotions is indeed important for the study of public celebrations and other mass gatherings.

Cover page of Dionysian Politics and The Discourse of "Rausch"

Dionysian Politics and The Discourse of "Rausch"

(2004)

I propose to look back at the sources of ecstatic action, or trance. To understand Rausch we need to accept the inherent link between ecstatic action and transgression, the flouting of norms and boundaries. However, the link itself is a historical one; this paper would narrate a course conducted from three historical moments of Rausch and transgression: In early Romanticism, late Romanticism, and finally the 1920s conceptualization and politicization of both earlier moments.

Cover page of Expression of Enthusiasm And Emotional Coding in Dictatorship - The Stalinist Soviet Union

Expression of Enthusiasm And Emotional Coding in Dictatorship - The Stalinist Soviet Union

(2004)

The propaganda pictures of joyous mass gatherings on Soviet celebrations and the enthusiastic rhetoric of the 1930s. What kind of emotional coding do these crowd choreographies represent? Which concepts of rulership are engraved in such public staging of enthusiasm? Did anything like Rausch exist in the Stalinist Soviet Union?