Handbook Of Political Science Research On The Ussr And Eastern Europe

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How accurately did Western political scientists portray the political, economic, and social developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe over the last forty years? How did scholars' perspectives, methods, and findings differ, and what were the principal research trends during the Communist era that recently ended in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union? This comprehensive and definitive critical history of Soviet Studies takes stock of the achievements and shortcomings in Western research on the region's ...

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Overview

How accurately did Western political scientists portray the political, economic, and social developments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe over the last forty years? How did scholars' perspectives, methods, and findings differ, and what were the principal research trends during the Communist era that recently ended in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union? This comprehensive and definitive critical history of Soviet Studies takes stock of the achievements and shortcomings in Western research on the region's politics. It serves as a who's who of Western Sovietologists, and it identifies many prominent political scientists from the former Communist states.

This major reference opens with an overview of sources of research, an analysis of different approaches and perspectives to the study of the region since 1956, and an assessment of post-sovietological literature of the 1990s. The volume contains individual chapters on the former USSR and the eight East European states. Cross-national chapters include two on Soviet and East European international politics, two on Soviet and East European economic reforms, and one on comparative communist studies. An appendix points to Russian and East European research centers and programs around the world. A general index makes it easy to access the names of authors and subjects. This landmark reference should prove to be stimulating reading for the many political scientists, historians, sociologists, and economists, once engaged in Soviet studies and for the new generation of scholars who bring fresh analytical approaches to evaluating the region's politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313274664
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/23/1992
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND C. TARAS, has served on the faculty of universities in Canada, England, and the United States.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Sovietology and Its Discontents 1
Pt. I Comparative Politics: Countries 27
2 Albania 29
3 Bulgaria 46
4 Czechoslovakia 55
5 German Democratic Republic 80
6 Hungary 107
7 Poland 127
8 Romania 149
9 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 171
10 Yugoslavia 199
Pt. II International and Economic Relations 221
11 Soviet Foreign Policy 223
12 Soviet-East European Coalition Politics: The Warsaw Pact 246
13 The Soviet-Type Economic System 273
14 The Politics of Economic Reform in Eastern Europe 286
15 Comparative Communism: A Postmortem 302
Appendix: Major Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs in Soviet, Russian, and East European Studies 317
Author/Title Index 323
Subject Index 335
About the Contributors 343
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