Eastern Europe Since 1945

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Overview

Since its first appearance in 1993, Eastern Europe since 1945 has become an essential text for university students and others keen to understand the complex developments in the region over the last sixty years. This fourth edition has been fully revised, updated and expanded in order to incorporate new material and the events that have taken place since the publication of the previous edition.

Covering all the countries which comprise Eastern Europe, Geoffrey and Nigel Swain provide a clear account of:

the origins of the socialist experiment

the 1956 crisis of de-Stalinisation

how society and economy operated between 1956 and 1989, the years of 'actually existing socialism'.

Drawing on what is now a perspective of twenty years, the authors identify trends in the transition from socialism to capitalism and explore the important role played by the prospect of EU membership in shaping the politics of what was once Eastern European capitalism. The new edition also features helpful suggestions for reading to aid further study.

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Specialists in Yugoslavia and Hungary broaden their scope to present a comprehensive history of the unsuccessful attempt to build socialism in Eastern Europe. From the euphoria of post-war liberation, through the early diverse roads taken toward socialism and the increasing pressure of the Cold War that led Stalin to impose a single vision on the whole region, to the reform attempts in the 1950s and 1960s and the final collapse, they emphasize that the failure was economic rather than political. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Swain and Swain provide an excellent overview of East European politics since 1945, providing the necessary historical context, such as the EU Eastern enlargement and the conflicts in former Yugoslavia. It reflects up-to-date scholarship and yet is accessible to students.' - Florian Bieber, University of Kent, UK

Reviews of the first edition:

'Useful for students' - Karen Henderson, Jourbanal of Area Studies

'Detailed, informative and valuable analysis of the evolution of Eastern Europe.' - Stephen Fischer Galati, International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312216900
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Making of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

GEOFFREY SWAIN is Alec Nove Professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. NIGEL SWAIN is Director of the Centre for Central and Eastern European Studies and Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Table of Contents

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Chronology
Introduction 1
1 Revolution in Eastern Europe 10
2 Different Roads to Socialism 28
3 An End to Diversity 48
4 1956: Communism Renewed? 71
5 Actually Existing Socialism in Operation 94
6 Reform Communism or Economic Reform 118
7 Neo-Stalinism Triumphant 146
8 The Fall of Actually Existing Socialism 173
9 Adapting to Capitalism: Consensus or Confrontation? 202
Conclusion 234
Notes 238
Index 256
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