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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Eastern Europe since 1945

Edition 5th Edition
ISBN 9781137605115
Publication Date October 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

This essential text provides an engaging overview of the complex developments in Eastern Europe from 1945 to the present day. Tracing the origins of the socialist experiment, de-Stalinisation, and the transition from socialism to capitalism, it explores the key events in each nation’s recent history.

This new edition has been fully revised to include the latest scholarship and places greater emphasis on everyday life in Eastern Europe. While continuing to analyse the major political events, the authors now draw on social and cultural history to build up a picture of what it was like to live under socialism, why the system became unbearable in the late 80s, and how individuals experienced the rebirth of capitalism.

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.

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.

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