Central and Eastern Europe, 1944-1993: Detour from the Periphery to the Periphery
In this wide-ranging account, Ivan Berend traces the post-war fortunes of the countries lying between Germany and the former Soviet Union. Professor Berend draws both on his academic expertise and personal involvement in many of the events which he describes to produce a synthesis of a huge array of materials. His study stretches beyond the confines of economic history to provide insights into the complex interplay of ideological, social and political forces in the 'Eastern Bloc' countries over the last fifty years of revolutionary change. In particular Berend's analysis of totalitarianism, the development of nationalism, and the personalities at the centre of political life in eastern Europe offers an alternative perspective on the economies of the state-socialist regimes at the periphery of the western industrialised world.
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Out from Europe the introduction of state socialism the Stalinist decades and revolts against them
Communist seizure of power 19448
The closed society in Stalinist state socialism after 1948
Reforms revolutions and the loosening bloc the 1950s and 1960s
Temporary success and terminal failure the postStalinist decadesmodernization erosion and collapse
PostStalinist state socialism and its legitimization
Economic and social performance of state socialism 195089
Crisis and erosion of state socialism 197388
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