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The Demise of Communist East Europe : 1989 in Context - Robin Okey

The Demise of Communist East Europe

1989 in Context

Hardcover Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780340740569
Number Of Pages: 240

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In 1989 communism crumbled in eastern Europe and with it one of the most conspicuous legacies of the Second World War. This book charts the demise of east European communism and analyses the failure of the communist experiment, the revolutionary events of 1989 and the post-communist aftermath as the legacy of both these processes. Starting from the premise that communism's proclaimed egalitarian, modernizing goals always enjoyed more support than the one-party politics through which these goals were pursued, Robin Okey explains communism's initial ability to survive crises but then its cumulative decline in the face of dissidence, economic weakness and reform movements, and, after 1989, the growing divergence between the northern and Balkan states, the revival of ex-communist parties as the new liberalism faltered, and the repeated failure of academics to anticipate these shifts. By analysing these issues in the context of the region's drive since the nineteenth-century to catch up with western Europe, this book concludes that the events of 1989 can cast light more widely still, on the fortunes of the three great ideas that the continent as a whole derived from revolutionary France

Causes : failure of an experiment
A flawed legacyp. 3
The 1980s : a flawed societyp. 24
The centre cannot holdp. 46
The demise of communism : breach and balance sheetp. 66
Course : revolution and system change
Autumn 1989p. 83
System change : the liberal moment in East-Central Europep. 107
Balkan vicissitudesp. 131
Consequences : towards a new Eastern Europe
The internal dimension : an end to transition?p. 157
1989 in the international contextp. 175
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ISBN: 9780340740569
ISBN-10: 0340740566
Series: Historical Endings
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.8  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1