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Banknotes and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

Professor Tim Unwin, Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been undertaking research on rural change in central and eastern Europe since the early 1990s. Struck by the diversity of images appearing on the banknotes of the countries that he visited, and the very different ways in which these appeared to represent their emergent national identities, he was determined to examine the artistic and political processes involved in their creation. Research grants from the British Academy have enabled this initial fascination to be turned into a detailed banknote database, as well as an absorbing account of the very varied processes that led to their creation.

• Tim Unwin

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in Review, July-December 2000.