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

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Bringing together a wealth of historical documents, memoirs, essays, and literature from Eastern Europe, this highly successful book vividly illustrates how the most original and challenging minds of the region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 ...
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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Bringing together a wealth of historical documents, memoirs, essays, and literature from Eastern Europe, this highly successful book vividly illustrates how the most original and challenging minds of the region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: 9780195063813
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/3/1991
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Stalinist Moment 9
1 Report of the Crimea Conference Yalta 13
2 The Yalta Negotiations 19
3 Poland at the Teheran Conference 29
4 The Percentages Agreement 31
5 The Truman Doctrine 35
6 The Two-Camp Policy 38
7 The Case for Stalinism 44
8 Ketman 51
9 The Tito-Stalin Correspondence 58
10 The Trial of Laszlo Rajk 67
11 The Slansky Trial 71
II The Marxist Critique 79
12 Reform Communism 82
13 Contemporary Problems of Marxist Philosophy 88
14 The Origins of Self-Management in Yugoslavia 95
15 The Challenge of Self-Management 97
16 The New Class 101
17 The Kuron-Modzelewski Open Letter to the Party 108
18 The Praxis Group 116
19 Towards a Democratic Political Organization of Society 123
20 Two Thousand Words to Workers, Farmers, Scientists, Artists, and Everyone 126
21 The Brezhnev Doctrine 132
III Antipolitics and the Retreat to Ethics 135
22 The Debate of the Clerks 139
23 Intellectuals as a Class 144
24 A Nation Which Cannot Take Itself for Granted 151
25 Ostpolitik 158
26 The Helsinki Accords 160
27 Charter 77 163
28 The Power of the Powerless 168
29 Antipolitics 175
IV The Return of Politics 181
30 Soft Budget Constraints 184
31 Environmental Concerns in Poland 188
32 KOR's Appeal to Society 194
33 Pope John Paul II Speaks in Victory Square, Warsaw 200
34 The Gdansk Agreement 205
35 Solidarity's Program 209
36 Jaruzelski Declares Martial Law 214
37 The Tragedy of Central Europe 217
38 Letter from Gdansk Prison 225
39 A Solidarity Government Takes Power 229
40 A New Social Contract 233
41 The Third Way 237
42 The Opening of the Berlin Wall 244
43 New Year's Day Speech, 1990 249
V After the Fall 255
44 Patriotism: A Vital Necessity 259
45 Name Changes in Bulgaria 262
46 A Few Thoughts 265
47 Esteemed Compatriots 270
48 Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences SANU 275
49 The Slovene National Question 281
50 The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia 285
51 Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina 287
52 A Common European Home 290
53 We Opened Ourselves to the World 292
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