This essential text has been fully revised, updated and expanded to take account of new material and events since the publication of the third edition. The book now features extended discussion of the post 1989 transition to capitalism, additional illustrations, and suggestions for further reading.
Since its first appearance in 1993, Eastern Europe since 1945 has become an essential text for university students and others keen to understand the complex developments in the region over the last sixty years. This fourth edition has been fully revised, updated and expanded in order to incorporate new material and the events that have taken place since the publication of the previous edition. Covering all the countries which comprise Eastern Europe, Geoffrey and Nigel Swain provide a clear account of: / the origins of the socialist experiment / the 1956 crisis of de-Stalinisation / how society and economy operated between 1956 and 1989, the years of 'actually existing socialism'. Drawing on what is now a perspective of twenty years, the authors identify trends in the transition from socialism to capitalism and explore the important role played by the prospect of EU membership in shaping the politics of what was once Eastern European capitalism. The new edition also features helpful suggestions for reading to aid further study.
List of Tables Chronology Map Introduction Revolution in Eastern Europe Different Roads to Socialism An End to Diversity 1956: Communism Renewed? Actually Existing Socialism in Operation Reform Communism or Economic Reform Neo-Stalinism Triumphant The Fall of Actually Existing Socialism Adapting to Capitalism Enthusiastically: Central Europe Adapting to Capitalism Hesitantly: The Balkans Conclusion Notes Suggested Reading Index