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Volume 22

Contemporary European History

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From Eastern Bloc to European Union

Comparative Processes of Transformation since 1990

Edited by Günther Heydemann and Karel Vodička
Translated from the German

416 pages, 56 figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-317-0 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (October 2017)

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More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, European integration remains a work in progress, especially in those Eastern European nations most dramatically reshaped by democratization and economic liberalization. This volume assembles detailed, empirically grounded studies of eleven states—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and the former East Germany—that went on to join the European Union. Each chapter analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations that have taken place in these nations, using a comparative approach to identify structural similarities and assess outcomes relative to one another as well as the rest of the EU.

Günther Heydemann is the Chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Leipzig and Director of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism at the Technical University of Dresden. He has taught in the United States, Italy, Russia, and Tunisia. His most recent publication is Sachsen und der Nationalsozialismus, coedited with Jan Erik Schulte and Francesca Weil (2014).

Karel Vodička is a Researcher at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism at the Technical University of Dresden. His publications include Zündfunke aus Prag: Wie der Mut zur Freiheit die Geschichte veränderte (2014).

Subject: Postwar History Political Economy Development Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Figures and Tables

Vladimír Spidla

List of Abbreviations

Günther Heydemann and Karel Vodička

Chapter 1. Estonia
Ralph Michael Wrobel

Chapter 2. Latvia
Claudia-Yvette Matthes

Chapter 3. Lithuania
Rolf Winkelmann

Chapter 4. The GDR
Günther Heydemann

Chapter 5. Poland
Klaus Ziemer

Chapter 6. The Czech Republic
Karel Vodička

Chapter 7. The Slovak Republic
Rüdiger Kipke

Chapter 8. Slovenia
Bozo Repe

Chapter 9. Hungary
Jürgen Dieringer

Chapter 10. Romania
Bogdan Murgescu

Chapter 11. Bulgaria
Karel Vodička

Conclusion: Post-Communist Space: State of Consolidation and Prospects. Politics, Economy, Society
Günther Heydemann and Karel Vodička


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