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Deaf History: Eastern Europe

  • By: Mariusz Sak
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf history is often considered through the lens of events that took place in Western Europe or the United States. However, that does not mean that other parts of the world have nothing to offer Deaf history. One such region where actions were taken for the care and education of the Deaf was Eastern Europe. Throughout the 19th century, Deaf history in Eastern Europe was marked by problems identical to those that occurred in other parts of the world. The 20th century was an era of major geopolitical transformation that particularly impacted this region.

The post-war era in Eastern Europe, most often associated with communist domination, can, paradoxically, be viewed as a golden age in the development of Eastern European Deaf society, as the formation of ...

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