Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II

by Joseph Rothschild


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Since the death of Stalin, the supposedly monolithic character of the Socialist states of East Central Europe has been subjected to serious and major challenges: from Yugoslavia in the late 1940s, from East Germany, Poland, and Hungary in the '50s, from Albania, Romania, and Czechoslovakia in the '60s, from Poland in the '70s and early '80s. Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on East Central Europe, this informative study examines these challenges and their consequences in all their complexity, providing an extensive political history of the area from World War II to the present.
A sequel to Rothschild's highly acclaimed East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars, this volume provides an insightful discussion of the Solidarity movement in Poland, a lucid analysis of Titoism in Yugoslavia, and a thorough review of Soviet policy toward the area under all leaders since World War II. In addition, Rothschild examines acute or impending crises in countries such as Poland and Romania and assesses the problems that Gorbachev faces in managing the increasingly restive Soviet bloc nations.
Unsurpassed in scope, in depth of analysis, and in fairness and objectivity, Return to Diversity is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this vital bloc of nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195045758
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/01/1990
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

About the Author:
Joseph Rothschild is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science and an Associate of the Institute on East Central Europe at Columbia University. A member of the Editorial Board of Political Science Quarterly, he has written four other books on East Central Europe.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition     viii
Preface to the Third Edition     ix
Preface to the Second Edition     x
Preface to the First Edition     xi
The Interwar Background     1
World War II     19
The Communists Come to Power     61
The Dialectics of Stalinism and Titoism     101
The Revenge of the Repressed: East Central Europe Reasserts Itself     118
A Precarious Stalemate     153
The Various Endgames     181
The Return to Europe     211
Notes     245
Suggested Readings     257
Index     264

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