The Legacies of Communism in Eastern Europe

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The political scientists Zoltan Barany and Ivan Volgyes bring together a distinguished group of contributors to examine the legacies of communism in Eastern Europe. The authors identify what is distinctive and lasting about the influence of the Communist period and the extent to which this Communist experience may have left unsolvable problems. The volume pays special attention to the impact of the Communist legacies on four areas: politics, society, the economy, and the ...

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Overview

The political scientists Zoltan Barany and Ivan Volgyes bring together a distinguished group of contributors to examine the legacies of communism in Eastern Europe. The authors identify what is distinctive and lasting about the influence of the Communist period and the extent to which this Communist experience may have left unsolvable problems. The volume pays special attention to the impact of the Communist legacies on four areas: politics, society, the economy, and the environment.

Contributors are Zoltan Barany, Ivan Volgyes, Thomas A. Baylis, Elez Biberaj, Jane L. Curry, Barbara Jancar-Webster, Andrzej Korbonski, Bennett Kovrig, Daniel N. Nelson, Robin Alison Remington, Luan Troxel, and Sharon L. Wolchik.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Comparative Economics
Both the regional and country studies that comprise the volume serve the useful purpose of reminding us, and perhaps the now discontented East Europeans who are tempted to recall the last decade of Communist power as the good old days, how fatally flawed that system had become.

— John R. Lampe

American Political Science Review
This book comprises several extensively researched and well-written chapters that trace political (both domestic and international), economic, environmental, and social developments in the countries of East Central Europe and the Balkans since the collapse of communism. It also includes a number of essays that treat each of these themes from a regional perspective.

— Michael Bernhard

Journal of Comparative Economics - John R. Lampe

Both the regional and country studies that comprise the volume serve the useful purpose of reminding us, and perhaps the now discontented East Europeans who are tempted to recall the last decade of Communist power as the good old days, how fatally flawed that system had become.

American Political Science Review - Michael Bernhard

This book comprises several extensively researched and well-written chapters that trace political (both domestic and international), economic, environmental, and social developments in the countries of East Central Europe and the Balkans since the collapse of communism. It also includes a number of essays that treat each of these themes from a regional perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801849985
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoltan Barany is assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Ivan Volgyes is professor of political science at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 The Legacies of Communism: An Introductory Essay 1
2 Marginality Reinforced 23
3 The Economic Legacies of Communism 42
4 The Sociological Legacies of Communism 55
5 The Environmental Legacies of Communism 84
6 The Military and Security Legacies of Communism 101
7 Eastern Germany 121
8 Poland 138
9 The Czech Republic and Slovakia 152
10 Hungary 177
11 Romania 198
12 Bulgaria 227
13 Albania 245
14 The Collapse of the Yugoslav Alternative 267
15 Patterns, Lessons, and Implications: In Lieu of a Conclusion 289
Notes 297
List of Contributors 327
Index 329
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