Volume 10, 2019
"Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Mihai Stelian Rusu, Corneliu Pintilescu, Dalia Báthory
“Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Socio‑economic and Political Consequences 30 Years After
The fall of the Berlin Wall stood for a symbol of change and freedom across the socialist bloc and inspired the inhabitants in Eastern Europe to take action and revolt against dictatorial regimes. A long and often painful process of social, economic and political transformation began. Scholars grouped their research dealing with such transformations under the label of “Transitology” and the developing subfields of “transitional justice” and “memory studies” expanded and caught the academic interest. The present argument looks at the emergence and evolvement of these fields in parallel with a growing and changing society.