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A new edition of this book is now available.
Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe—the new and future members of the European Union along with the problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. Divided into two parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, and political reform. New to this edition is a chapter on Albania.
Leading scholars provide the historical context for the current situation of each country in the region. They explain how communism ended and how democratic politics has emerged or is struggling to emerge in its wake, how individual countries have transformed their economies, how their populations have been affected by rapid and wrenching change, and how foreign policy making has evolved. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the newly democratizing states of Europe.
Contributions by: Federigo Argentieri, Mark Baskin, Elez Biberaj, Janusz Bugajski, Valerie Bunce, Zsuzsa Csergo, Jane L. Curry, Daina Stukuls Eglitis, Sharon Fisher, John Gledhill, Charles King, Taras Kuzio, Ronald Linden, Paula Pickering, Marilyn Rueschemeyer, Jeffrey Simon, Joshua Spero, and Sharon L. Wolchik.
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PART ONE INTRODUCTION
1 Democracy, the Market, and the Return to Europe: From Communism to the European Union and NATO Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 3
PART TWO POLICIES AND ISSUES
2 The Political Transition Valerie Bunce Bunce, Valerie 31
3 Re-Creating the Market Sharon Fisher Fisher, Sharon 53
4 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Expansion of Democracy Zsuzsa Csergo Csergo, Zsuzsa 83
5 Women's Participation in Postcommunist Politics Marilyn Rueschemeyer Rueschemeyer, Marilyn 109
6 EU Accession and the Role of International Actors Ronald Linden Linden, Ronald 125
7 Security Issues: NATO and Beyond Joshua Spero Spero, Joshua 143
PART THREE CASE STUDIES
8 Poland: The Politics of "God's Playground" Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 161
9 The Czech and Slovak Republics: Two Paths to the Same Destination Sharon L. Wolchik Wolchik, Sharon L. 187
10 Hungary: Appraising the Past and Adjusting to the Present Federigo Argentieri Argentieri, Federigo 213
11 The Baltic States: Changes and Challenges in the New Europe Daina Stukuls Eglitis Eglitis, Daina Stukuls 231
12 Buglaria: Progress and Development Janusz Bugajski Bugajski, Janusz 251
13 Former Yugoslavia and its Successors Paula Pickering Pickering, Paula 277
14 Romania since 1989: Living beyond the Past Charles King King, Charles 313
15 Ukraine: Muddling Along Taras Kuzio Kuzio, Taras 335
16 Albania: The Challenges of Transition Elez Biberaj Biberaj, Elez 369
PART FOUR CONCLUSION
17 What Now? Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 397
About the Contributors 413