Dangerous Language — Esperanto and the Decline of Stalinism

  • Ulrich Lins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Death of Esperanto in the Soviet Union

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Esperanto Reborn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
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  4. Conclusion

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      Pages 163-163
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-198

About this book


This book examines the rise of the international language Esperanto, launched in 1887 as a proposed a solution to national conflicts and a path to a more tolerant world. The chapters in this volume examine the position of Esperanto in Eastern Europe during the Cold War; in particular it explores Stalin’s final years and the gradual re-emergence of the Esperanto movement. At first, its revival was limited to the satellite countries, especially Bulgaria and Poland, but, with Stalinism’s gradual retreat, Esperanto organizations reappeared in most East European countries and eventually in the Soviet Union itself. The progress was uneven, and its details reveal the stresses and strains that became apparent as the solidarity of the Soviet bloc declined. This book will appeal to a wide readership, including linguists, historians, political scientists and others interested in the history of the twentieth century from the unusual perspective of language. This volume is complemented by the sister volume Dangerous Language — Esperanto under Hitler and Stalin which offers a concentration on the creation and early emergence of Esperanto as an international language.


Zamenhof citizens’ movement Eastern Europe new world language European History

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Lins
    • 1
  1. 1.BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-352-00019-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-352-00020-7
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