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Published: 10 February 2010

400 Pages | 25 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195386646

Bookseller Code (04)

Central Europe

Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

Third Edition

Lonnie Johnson

  • Chapter 12: The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1948-1989 has been rewritten to take into account the needs of readers who are not familiar with Stalinism or the various attempts to reform Communism in Eastern Europe. Incorporating recent scholarship based on post-1989 access to Eastern European archives, this chapter gives the reader a window into the rigors of everyday life under Communism.
  • The previous epilogue has been turned into a full chapter (Chapter 13: The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermaths) that offers an up-to-date analysis of the various revolutions that took place in Eastern Europe in 1989. It discusses the collapse of Yugoslavia and the enlargement of NATO and the EU, as well as the dilemmas and ironies of "transformation." Looking back from the vantage point of time, this chapter identifies the relative successes and failures that have accompanied the transformation of Communist states with planned economies into democracies with market economies since 1989.
  • Features a new epilogue ("Old Europe, New Europe, and Central Europe since 9/11")--updated to cover events since 2001--that addresses the redefinition of the transatlantic relationship during the Bush administrations and the impact of the enlargement of NATO and the EU. Arguing that the most dynamic phase of "post-Communism" has come to an end, it concludes with a comparative look at the region twenty years after the end of each of the major twentieth-century wars.

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