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The other Europe

Author: Jacques Rupnik
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Jacques Rupnik, one of the foremost experts on Eastern Europe, looks at the countries behind the Iron Curtain not merely as subjects of the Soviet Empire, but from within. Proposing a new way of thinking about the "other Europe"--One which takes seriously the predicament of individual nations squeezed between two superpowers -- Rupnik analyzes what made the Communist takeovers possible in the first place, describes  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Rupnik
ISBN: 0805240772 9780805240771
OCLC Number: 19740127
Description: xii, 291 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The other Europe. In search of central Europe --
Perceptions of Russia --
The German mirror --
Sovietization. The legacy of Yalta --
Stalinism: the ice age --
Totalitarianism in decay. The party-state: 'Them' --
The economy: 'What is to be done?' --
The politics of culture --
Beyond failed totalitarianism --
The last empire. Reform and revolution --
Dismantling Communism.
Responsibility: Jacques Rupnik.

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Jacques Rupnik, one of the foremost experts on Eastern Europe, looks at the countries behind the Iron Curtain not merely as subjects of the Soviet Empire, but from within. Proposing a new way of thinking about the "other Europe"--One which takes seriously the predicament of individual nations squeezed between two superpowers -- Rupnik analyzes what made the Communist takeovers possible in the first place, describes the repressive delirium of the Stalinist era, and examines the demise of Marxism-Leninism both as ideology and as a credible system of government. Rupnik analyzes the lessons learned from previous attempts at reform and concludes that change is now taking place in the context of decay -- economic, social, environmental, and political -- and may bring about the retreat of the Communist Party. Finally he considers the "Gorbachev factor" : will reform in Moscow accelerate the dynamics of change, or will it force the Soviet Union to strengthen its hold on the outposts of its empire, the countries of the "other Europe"? - Jacket flap.

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