The Baltic Transformed: Complexity Theory and European Security / Edition 320

The Baltic Transformed: Complexity Theory and European Security / Edition 320

by Walter C., Jr. Clemens Jr., Jr. Clemens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847698599

ISBN-13: 9780847698592

Pub. Date: 05/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Why isn't the Baltic region like the Balkans? Why have the Baltic republics not experienced ethnic cleansing, border wars, authoritarian rule, and social chaos? Instead, peace, democracy, and market economies have taken root since the fall of communism. Walter Clemens here uses complexity theory, which analyzes the role of self-organization in complex adaptive…  See more details below

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Why isn't the Baltic region like the Balkans? Why have the Baltic republics not experienced ethnic cleansing, border wars, authoritarian rule, and social chaos? Instead, peace, democracy, and market economies have taken root since the fall of communism. Walter Clemens here uses complexity theory, which analyzes the role of self-organization in complex adaptive systems, to explain the "Baltic miracle." He argues that the theory is a vital tool for understanding the remarkable strides made by Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania since 1991 in coping with the transition to partnership with the new Europe. The Baltic peoples have adapted well to the demands of democracy, a market economy, and a constructive role in world affairs. The achievements of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in the past decade are the more amazing when considered against the hundreds of years they were dominated by Teutonic knights, Hanseatic merchants, Sweden, Russia, and the USSR. Clemens uses this history as a springboard to analyze how Balts self-organize today to meet the challenges of transition. One of the first books to apply complexity theory to a major sphere of world politics, "The Baltic Transformed" will provoke constructive debate with its ambitious and well-grounded analysis of not only Baltic developments but European security more generally. Despite its theoretical foundation, the book is written in a clear and accessible style that will make it invaluable for courses on comparative politics, political development, international relations, security, or transition studies.

Author Biography: Walter C. Clemens, Jr., is professor of political science at Boston University and an associate at Harvard'sCenter for Science and International Affairs and the Davis Center for Russian Studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847698592
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/15/2001
Series:
New International Relations of Europe Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
Empire, Self-Rule, and Interdependence in the Baltic Region: A Chronology
Foreword
Preface: Why the Baltic?
Acknowledgments
1Coping with Complexity: Alternative Explanations1
2Self-Organization versus Autocracy: Crusaders to Commissars21
3Nonviolent Revolution: How Three Davids Undermined Goliath39
4Creating Good Government: Who Won What When?55
5Self-Organization and Social Capital73
6Human Development: Winners, Losers, and the Internet91
7Integration: Coping with Ethnic Complexity113
8Energy for a New Life: From Dependency to Interdependence135
9Tigers on the Baltic: Can the Small Be Fit?155
10Russia: Threat or Partner?179
11Enhancing Baltic Security: NATO and Other Options, 2000-2010201
12Baltic Fitness, European Security, and International Relations: What Does Complexity Theory Explain?227
Selected References249
Index263
About the Author281

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