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Intellectual history has gradually found its way into East-Central European historiography. This issue is dedicated to broadening the scope and objects of research traditionally focused on by recognizing the importance of actors’ motivations and the intellectual paths of their ideas. Moving beyond attempts to place the region of East-Central Europe on the ideational map, historians associated with the fields of intellectual history, history of ideas, and history of political and social thought, gathered in this issue, continue to explore the ideas of specific actors from the 19th century to the post-1989 frameworks. Thus, the presented issue aims not to focus on particular personalities or periods of time but rather praises both the richness and importance of thought conducted by various authors. The selected case studies delve into utopian thinking, the transformation of Catholic thought, dissident sociological concepts, neoliberalism, and revolutionary dynamics. Furthermore, each contribution underscores the intricate intertwinement with broader European, and even global, realms within which the analysed actors and their intellectual constructs gained significance, often culminating in palpable political ramifications. The aim of this issue is to engage in communication with the ongoing intellectual-historical endeavours in the respective region.