Burdens of Freedom: Eastern Europe Since 1989 (Global History of the Present Series)
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Burdens of Freedom: Eastern Europe Since 1989 (Global History of the Present Series)

by Padraic Kenney
     
 

ISBN-10: 1842776622

ISBN-13: 9781842776629

Pub. Date: 10/14/2006

Publisher: Zed Books

From Estonia to Macedonia, this book is a history of 15 countries as they negotiate their transition from communism. For some, the story ends happily, with triumphant entry into the European Union in 2004.Others are caught in limbo, destroyed by nationalist politics, war and genocide, or crippled by corrupt political practices.

The Burdens of Freedom considers

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Overview

From Estonia to Macedonia, this book is a history of 15 countries as they negotiate their transition from communism. For some, the story ends happily, with triumphant entry into the European Union in 2004.Others are caught in limbo, destroyed by nationalist politics, war and genocide, or crippled by corrupt political practices.

The Burdens of Freedom considers the effects of revolutionary change, the resurgence of nationalism and the painful examination of the past. It looks at the process of building stable democratic states, and their integration with international structures. Most of the countries have established admission to the EU as a national objective; but many of them have also been active participants in the American-led occupation of Iraq. Domestically, each has seen a divide emerge between winners and losers. All are moving forward simultaneously to democracy, unity and prosperity, but also to national division and economic disparity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842776629
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
10/14/2006
Series:
Global History of the Present Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Maps;
Introduction: The Shock of the New
1. Different Paths on an Open Road: Economic and Social Change
2. In Praise of Ethnic Cleansing? National Struggles
3. Peeling the Past: Nostalgia and Punishment
4. Portraits in Hubris: Democratic Politics
5. A New Europe: The East in the West
Conclusion: The Edge of History
Notes; Index

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