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From the Soviet Bloc to the European Union
The Economic and Social Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe since 1973

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  • Date Published: April 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511500824

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  • The Soviet Union's dramatic collapse in 1989 was a pivotal moment in the complex history of Central and Eastern Europe, and Ivan Berend here offers a magisterial new account of the dramatic transformation that culminated in ten former Soviet Bloc countries joining the European Union. Taking the OPEC oil crisis of 1973 as his starting point, he charts the gradual unravelling of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, its ultimate collapse in the revolutions of 1989, and the economic restructuring and lasting changes in income, employment, welfare, education and social structure which followed. He pays particular attention to the crucial role of the European Union as well as the social and economic hurdles that continue to face former Eastern-bloc nations as they try to catch up with their Western neighbours. This will be essential reading for scholars and students of European and economic history, European politics and economics.

    • An authoritative account written by a figure with first hand experience of the historical events described
    • The first study to successfully cover all of Central and Eastern Europe in the transition from state socialism to wider European integration
    • Interprets incredibly complex data and presents a wealth of information in clear, accessible language
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    '… great book, especially in terms of the useful empirical data it provides on all manner of things, from comparative economic growth rates to demographic trends and statistics on homelessness.' Matthew Stibbe, H-Net Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511500824
    • contains: 24 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The economic factors of the collapse of state socialism and the new international environment, 1973–1991
    2. Transformation and policy mistakes: dramatic economic decline
    3. Towards better times: the European Union and its policy of eastwards enlargement
    4. Recuperation and growth: the role of foreign direct investment
    5. Economic restructuring: transforming main sectors, economic recovery, weaknesses and growth
    6. Transformation and social shock
    7. Lasting social changes in income, employment, welfare institutions, educational and settlement structure
    Epilogue: the future of catching-up in the European 'melting pot'.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
    • Eastern Europe since 1772
    • Europe Since 1968
    • Foreign Policies of Soviet Successor States
    • International Political Economy of Transition
    • Regional Governance: The European Union
    • The Interwar and Post-Communist Periods in Comparative Perspective)
  • Author

    Ivan T. Berend, University of California, Los Angeles
    Ivan Berend not only studied the collapse and transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, but also participated in it. He chaired the committee that prepared the first marketisation and privatisation plan for Hungary, and has been a member of governmental advisory bodies since the early 1990s. He is currently Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.


    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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