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This conclusory chapter offers a picture of some of the main themes, motives, and discourses that shaped various forms of representation of what can be regarded as one of the most fascinating transformations in the contemporary European history of communication. While the first 'post-totalitarian' decade was marked by the discontinuous development of the book-related institutional infrastructure. It seems particularly important to examine the continuities in people's daily actions and performances that facilitated the capacity of individual actors in the book scene to cope with the vagaries of the conditions that followed the revolution. These continuities tend to be eclipsed by the 'post-revolutionary' discourses of change and the 'new order'. The binary opposition between 'mass' and 'elite' culture does not seem to be the right tool with which to analyse any contemporary socio-cultural environment, let alone the 'totalitarian' and 'post-totalitarian' environments.

Keywords: European history; paper revolution; post-revolutionary discourses; post-totalitarian environments



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