Hopes and Shadows: Eastern Europe After Communism [NOOK Book]

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After the exuberance that marked the revolutions of 1989, the countries of Eastern Europe have faced the breathtakingly ambitious task of remaking their societies. Simultaneously they have sought to build liberal democracies based on market economics, while confronting reassertions of claims for national independence long suppressed. Taking up where his previous book Surge to Freedom ended, J. F. Brown’s Hopes and Shadows analyzes the results of the first four years of Eastern Europe’s separation from communist ...
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Overview

After the exuberance that marked the revolutions of 1989, the countries of Eastern Europe have faced the breathtakingly ambitious task of remaking their societies. Simultaneously they have sought to build liberal democracies based on market economics, while confronting reassertions of claims for national independence long suppressed. Taking up where his previous book Surge to Freedom ended, J. F. Brown’s Hopes and Shadows analyzes the results of the first four years of Eastern Europe’s separation from communist rule and the prospects for the future. The forces at work in the midst of this revolution are examined from a perspective that is necessarily both historical and contemporary as the complex relationship between the tasks that face these countries and the legacy of their communist and pre-communist past shape the difficult present. As the usefulness of the designation "Eastern Europe" is itself questioned, Brown provides both regional and country-by-country analysis of the political situation. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland are grouped together, as are Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania, to address questions such as the development of liberal democratic culture, the activation of democratic institutions and procedures, and the future of former communist bureaucracies. He considers the former Yugoslavia—now torn violently apart—largely as a separate case. The theoretical, political, social, financial, cultural, and psychological dimensions of the transition from socialism to a market economy are discussed in detail. The final aspect of this revolution, the failure of which most immediately threatens the entire process, is the attempt to build new and stable national statehoods. Brown explores the history and impact of the current reemergence of nationalism and the dangers it represents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822379546
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 992 KB

Meet the Author

J. F. Brown was Distinguished Scholar in Residence, RFE/RL Research Institute, Munich from 1991 to 1993. He is the author of many books, including Eastern Europe and Communist Rule (1988) and Surge to Freedom: The End of Communist Rule in Eastern Europe (1991), both published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: The Legacy and the Revolution 1
2 Regional Politics: No Promised Land 22
3 Country Politics: East Central Europe 50
Czechoslovakia: From Deliverance to Dissolution 51
Poland: Resilience Against Perversity 66
Hungary: The Rustle of Danger 80
4 Country Politics: South-Eastern Europe 93
Romania: The Elusive Middle Ground 94
Bulgaria: Oasis or Mirage? 105
Albania: The Beckoning Void 114
5 The Economy: The Painful Ascent 121
6 Nationalism: The Imprisoning Past 172
7 The Yugoslav Tragedy 229
8 The World Outside: New Company and Old 271
9 The Outlook: Precarious But Not Pre-Doomed 308
Notes 319
Bibliography 355
Index 359
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