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From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe since 1945 / Edition 2

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Overview

Bringing together a wealth of historical documents, memoirs, essays, and literature from Eastern Europe, this highly successful book vividly illustrates how the most original and challenging minds of the region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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195094466
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/4/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 616,078
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Table of Contents

I. THE STALINIST MOMENT
1. Yalta
2. The Truman Doctrine and the Two-Camp Policy
3. Stalinists
4. The Expulsion of Yugoslavia
5. The Purge Trials
II. THE MARXIST CRITIQUE
6. The Hungarian Revolution
7. Self-Management
8. The New Class
9. Marxian Oppsition in Poland
10. The Praxis Group
11. The Prague Spring
12. The Brezhnev Doctrine
III. ANTIPOLITICS AND THE RETREAT TO ETHICS
13. The Clerks
14. The Sphere of Culture
15. Ethics and Antipolitics
IV. THE RETURN OF POLITICS
16. Economic Problems
17. Poland in the Late 1970's
18. Solidarity
19. Central Europe
20. The Return of Solidarity
21. New Visions in Hungary
22. The Revolutions of 1989
V. AFTER THE FALL
23. Nationalism
24. The Collapse of Yugoslavia
25. Gorbachev's Legacy

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