1. Research Library

      2. The Research Library is a continually expanding curated selection of exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, art theory, and cultural studies publications as well as works from theory, postcolonial studies, political history, geopolitics, and other fields. Together these materials seek to provide an overview of the key exhibitions, artists, theories, and discourses that made a significant contribution to charting the shifts in contemporary art and intellectual debates from 1989 till today. The physical Library is housed at BAK; an online version of it, complete with a short entry on each publication explaining why the book is relevant to FORMER WEST project research, can be accessed below. Please note that the selection of artist monographs and catalogs of solo exhibitions is not available online at this time. We are happy to receive suggestions for books to include in the Research Library. Please send an e-mail with the book title, publication data, and a short message to info@formerwest.org. If you would like to visit the physical library at BAK in Utrecht, please schedule an appointment (during visiting hours, Wednesday–Saturday 12.00–17.00 hrs, Sunday 13.00–17.00 hrs) by sending an e-mail to info@bak-utrecht.nl.
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      4. Categories:
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        2. Art History
        3. Art Theory
        4. Etc.
        5. Exhibitions (Group/Thematic)
        6. Globalization
        7. Post-Colonial Studies/Cultural Studies
        8. Political Science
        9. Political History/Geopolitics
        10. Theory
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        2. Year


        The Age of Extremes. A History of the World 1914-1991 (1994) Eric HobsbawmLondon: Abacus Editions2010POL/GEO


        The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe 1945-1960 : (Cass Series: Studies in Intelligence) Gilles Scott-Smith and Hans KrabbendamLondon: Frank Cass2003POL/GEO
        The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq Derek GregoryWiley-Blackwell2004POL/GEO
        Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions Didier Fassin and Mariella PandolfiMIT Press and Zone Books2010POL/GEO
        The Cold War John Lewis GaddisNew York: Penguin2005POL/GEO


        Europe’s Troubled Peace: 1945–2000Tom BuchananBlackwell2005POL/GEO


        Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western DelusionsDiana JohnstoneLondon: Pluto Press2002POL/GEO
        Free World: Why a crisis of the West reveals the opportunity of our time Timothy Garton AshPenguin2005POL/GEO
        The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 Jeffrey Engel Oxford University Press2009POL/GEO


        Geopolitics and Geoculture: Essays on the Changing World-System (1991) Immanuel WallersteinCambridge University Press2001POL/GEO
        Globalised Islam: The Search for a New Ummah (CERI Series in Comparative Politics and International Studies) Olivier RoyColumbia University Press2006POL/GEO
        Genocide in the Age of the Nation State: Volume 2: The Rise of the West and Coming Mark LeveneLondon: I.B.Tauris2005POL/GEO
        The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (2005) Odd Arne WestadCambridge: Cambridge University Press2007POL/GEO
        The Geopolitics of Resource Wars: Resource Dependence, Governance and Violence Philippe Le Billon Routledge2007POL/GEO


        How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror Reza AslanRandom House2009POL/GEO
        History of the Present: Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s Timothy Garton AshVintage2001POL/GEO


        In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided ContinentTimothy Garton AshNew York: Vintage1993POL/GEO


        Masters of the Universe: : NATO’s Balkan Crusade Tariq AliLondon: Verso2000POL/GEO


        1989: The Struggle to Create Postwar EuropeMary Elise SarottePrinceton University Press2009POL/GEO


        On Empire: America, War, and Global Supermacy Eric HobsbawmNew York: Pantheon2008POL/GEO
        Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the Iraq War Daniel Levy Verso2005POL/GEO


        Postwar: : A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005)Tony JudtLondon: Pimlico2007POL/GEO


        The Red Flag: A History of Global Communism David PriestlandGrove Press2009POL/GEO
        The Rise and Fall of CommunismArchie BrownEcco Books2009POL/GEO


        Terror and LiberalismPaul BermanW. W. Norton & Co.2004POL/GEO


        We Were the People: Voices from East Germany’s Revolutionary Autumn of 1989Dirk PhilipsenDurham: Duke University Press1993POL/GEO