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Liberalism After Communism : Central European University Press Book - Jerzy Szacki

Liberalism After Communism

Central European University Press Book

By: Jerzy Szacki, Chester Adam Kisiel (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 1996
ISBN: 9781858660158
Number Of Pages: 228

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This study is devoted to recent developments in Central European (especially Polish) political thought, and concentrates on the emergence of liberal ideas, a subject largely neglected by Western observers. It provides a clear account of protoliberal and liberal thinking in Central Europe both before and after 1989, a critical appraisal of the democratic opposition to communism, and an analysis of economic liberalism as its rival orientation. The author examines the changes which occur in classical liberal ideas when they are implemented in a region with practically no liberal tradition and no socioeconomic infrastructure, and shows how liberal ideas in Central Europe are becoming constructivist, functioning as the ideological justification for a new kind of Utopian social engineering that aims at constructing capitalism.

Introductionp. 1
Instead of a Definition of Liberalismp. 17
Historical Backgroundp. 43
Protoliberalism: Autonomy of the Individual and Civil Societyp. 73
Economic Liberalism: 'A Neglecled Path of Anti-communism'p. 119
Does Political Liberalism Exist in Poland?p. 171
Epiloguep. 207
Index of Namesp. 214
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ISBN: 9781858660158
ISBN-10: 1858660157
Series: Central European University Press Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 22nd February 1996
Publisher: Central European University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51