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

The Demise of Communist East Europe

1989 in context

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780340740576
Number Of Pages: 244

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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. The author explains communism's initial ability to survive crises but then its cumulative decline in the face of dissidence, economic weakness and reform movements. By analyzing these issues in the context of the regions 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: liberalism, socialism and nationalism.

Robin Okey is Reader in History at the University of Warwick 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. The author explains communism's initial ability to survive crises but then its cumulative decline in the face of dissidence, economic weakness and reform movements. By analyzing these issues in the context of the regions 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: liberalism, socialism and nationalism.

"This is a thoughtful study by a historian who is skilled in finding patterns and continuities. It gives a much-needed balance to the many sociological, political science, and economic studies on related topics. Highly recommended."—CHOICE "This is a thoughtful study by a historian who is skilled in finding patterns and continuities. It gives a much-needed balance to the many sociological, political science, and economic studies on related topics. Highly recommended."—CHOICE

..a sensible and convincing interpretation of one of the most important and seminal events of recent years. Okey writes well. His text, full of statistics and illustrative quotes, is nonetheless succinct and accessible. it is bound to become (in academic circles at least) the standard work on the subject. BBC History

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: 9780340740576
ISBN-10: 0340740574
Series: Historical Endings
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 28th May 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1