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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Eastern Europe since 1945

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230214590
Publication Date November 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

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.

GEOFFREY SWAIN is Alec Nove Chair in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK.

NIGEL SWAIN is Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool, UK. (They're twins!)

List of Tables
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
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An excellent overview of East European politics since 1945, providing the necessary historical context, such as the EU Eastern enlargement and the conflicts in former Yugoslavia. It reflects up-to-date scholarship and yet is accessible to students.' – Florian Bieber, University of Kent, UK
Reviews of the first edition: 'Useful for students' – Karen Henderson, Journal of Area Studies
'Detailed, informative and valuable analysis of the evolution of Eastern Europe.' – Stephen Fischer Galati, International History Review
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