From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe since 1945

From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe since 1945

by Gale Stokes
     
 

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Bringing together a wealth of historical documents, memoirs, essays, and literature from Eastern Europe, this highly successful book vividly illustrates how the most original and challenging minds of the region have understood and reacted to Stanlinism and its successors since the end of the Second World War, ultimately showing how Eastern Europeans have made the… See more details below

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Bringing together a wealth of historical documents, memoirs, essays, and literature from Eastern Europe, this highly successful book vividly illustrates how the most original and challenging minds of the region have understood and reacted to Stanlinism and its successors since the end of the Second World War, ultimately showing how Eastern Europeans have made the journey from Stalinism to a new pluralism. The book creates a rich mosaic of political and historical development in these countries, presenting extracts from the works of Leszek Kolakowski, Czeslaw Milosz, Milovan Djilas, Gyorgy Lukacs, Vaclav Havel, Adam Michnik, and Gyorgy Konrad alongside such seminal primary documents as the Yalta Agreement, the Helsinki Accords, and the Gdansk Agreement. Organized chronologically and thematically, a fifth chapter, entitled "After the Fall," has been added to create a completely updated and expanded second edition. The new edition covers the critical events attending the rise of Stalinism and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Four new readings on the collapse of Yugoslavia into civil war, as well as close to fifty other documents make this reader the most comprehensive and up-to-date reader on the history and politics of Eastern Europe since the end of World War II.

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Brings together writing's (including extracts from the works of Kolakowski, Milosz, Djilas, Lukacs, Havel, Michnik, and Konrad) and primary documents (including the Yalta Agreement, the Helsinki Accords, and the Gdansk Agreement) that reveal how Eastern Europeans have understood and reacted to Stalinism and its successors since the end of WWII. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780195063820
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/03/1991
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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