The Bloc That Failed

The Bloc That Failed : Soviet-East European Relations in Transition

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1850432023
  • 9781850432029

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Part 1 Looking back: Stalin and socialism in one region: strange bedfellows, satellization, early problems, Sovietization, what did Stalin achieve?; from Khruschchev to Chernenko - an overview: post-Stalin Soviet concerns, recasting policy toward Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia and National Communism; crises in the bloc - Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland (1956-81); from Khrushchev to Chernenko - what changes? what didn't. Part 2 The era of reform, 1985-88: political relations - the early Gorbachev era - cure or relief?, the gradual demise of the "Brezhnev Doctrine", the institutional framework, the ties they are a-changin', summing up; economic relations - the elusive concept of socialism, the urgency of change, the economics and politics of trade, why CMEA does not work, summing up and looking ahead; military relations - defense against whom?, the East European militaries, causes of tension in military relations, Gorbachev's choices, courting trouble. Part 3 The era of revolutionary change, since 1988: Moscow retreats - from reform to revolution, from Poland to Romania, summing up; the brave new world of Eastern Europe - the Soviet factor, East European prospects, Western concerns. Appendix: a Soviet view of Eastern Europe sources and suggestions for further reading.
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