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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

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. 

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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