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The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe : The Polish Experience - Jadwiga Staniszkis

The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe

The Polish Experience

By: Jadwiga Staniszkis, Chester A. Kisiel (Translator), Ivan Szelenyi (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 9th August 1991
ISBN: 9780520072183
Number Of Pages: 250

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Understanding the dramatic political, social, and economic changes that have taken place in Poland in the mid-1980s is one key to predicting the future of the communist bloc. Jadwiga Staniszkis, an influential, internationally known expert on contemporary trends in Eastern Europe, provides an insider's analysis that deserves the attention of all scholars interested in the region.

Staniszkis presents the breakthrough of 1989 as a consequence not only of systemic contradictions within socialism but also of a series of chance events. These events include unique historical circumstances such as the emergence of the "globalist" faction in Mosow, with its new, world-system perception of crisis, and the discovery of the round-table technique as a productive ritual of communication, imitated all over Eastern Europe. After describing the development, collapse, and reorganization of a "new center" in Poland in 1989-1990, she discusses the first attempt at privatizing the economy. Her analysis of the dilemmas accompanying breakthrough and transition is an invaluable guide to the challenges that face both capitalism and democracy in Eastern Europe.

ISBN: 9780520072183
ISBN-10: 0520072189
Series: Society and Culture in East-Central Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 9th August 1991
Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.63

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