In this wide-ranging account, Ivan Berend traces the post-war fortunes of the countries lying between Germany and the former Soviet Union. Professor Berend draws both on his academic expertise and personal involvement in many of the events which he describes to produce a synthesis of a huge array of materials. His study stretches beyond the confines of economic history to provide insights into the complex interplay of ideological, social and political forces in the 'Eastern Bloc' countries over the last fifty years of revolutionary change. In particular Berend's analysis of totalitarianism, the development of nationalism, and the personalities at the centre of political life in eastern Europe offers an alternative perspective on the economies of the state-socialist regimes at the periphery of the western industrialised world.
Drawing on his first-hand experience, Ivan Berend distils a huge array of material on the economies of the 'Eastern Bloc' countries during a period of revolutionary change. This is a major contribution to the economic history of the twentieth century.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Out from Europe: The Introduction of State Socialism, its Stalinist Decade and Revolts Against them: 1. Communist seizure of power, 1944-8; 2. The closed society in Stalinist state socialism after 1948; 3. Reforms, revolutions and the loosening bloc, the 1950s and 1960s; Part II. Temporary Success and Terminal Failure: The Post-Stalinist Decades - Modernization, Erosion and Collapse: 4. Post-Stalinist state socialism and its legitimization; 5. Economic and social performance of state socialism, 1950-89; 6. Crisis and erosion of state socialism, 1973-88; 7. The collapse: a revolutionary symphony in four movements, 1989; Part III. Back to Europe? Post-1989 Transformation and Pathways to the Future: 8. Building a parliamentary market system; 9. Economic decline - political change - rising nationalism; References; Names index; Subject index.
'... the best survey of the period available .' Contemporary European History
An ambitious, comparative analysis of 'Eastern Bloc' economies during a period of revolutionary change.
Cambridge University Press