Communism and Its Collapse

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 91 pages

Ranging from the Russian revolution of 1917 to the collapse of Eastern Europe in the 1980s this study examines Communist rule. By focusing primarily on the USSR and Eastern Europe Stephen White covers the major topics and issues affecting these countries, including:
* communism as a doctrine
* the evolution of Communist rule
* the challenges to Soviet authority in Hungary and Yugoslavia
* the emerging economic fragility of the 1960s
* the complex process of collapse in the 1980s.

Any student or scholar of European history will find this an essential addition to their reading list.

 

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Contents

What was communism?
1
The establishment of communist rule
11
National communism in Eastern Europe
22
The limits of reform
30
A system in decline
41
Transition from below
52
Transition from above
61
Explaining communist collapse
71
Further reading
82
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Stephen White is the James Bryce Professor of Politics, a Senior Research Associate of the School of Central and East European Studies at Glasgow University, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Politics in Moscow. White graduated from Trinity College Dublin with degrees in history and political science, and then completed a PhD in Soviet studies at Glasgow - including an exchange year at Moscow State University - and a DPhil in politics at Wolfson College Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. Stephen White is the author of numerous articles and books on Soviet and Russian politics.

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