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Shock waves : Eastern Europe after the revolutions /
John Feffer.
Boston, Mass. : South End Press, c1992.
xvi, 350 p. : map ; 23 cm.
089608440X (acid-free, recycled paper) : 0896084396 (pbk.) :
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Boston, Mass. : South End Press, c1992.
089608440X (acid-free, recycled paper) : 0896084396 (pbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-338) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-02:
Feffer examines the 1989 East European revolutions and their aftermath from distinctive viewpoints: the ecology movement in Hungary, Czechoslovak foreign policy, and the Romanian internal security legacy. The volume is largely a journalistic account with some source documentation, based on the author's interviews while traveling through the region in 1990 on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee. Many issues are covered albeit in a rather rambling fashion. Feffer believes top-down privatization and marketization will not work; rather, participatory democracy, attention to social safety nets, and some industrial planning are needed. He sees the rush to create market economies as anachronistic; most countries with market economies have many more restrictions and regulations in place than the East Europeans currently are willing to consider. In the author's view, the East Europeans have too quickly and uncritically embraced the market economy concept. Focusing on such fast-moving current events means that what is written at one moment in time is frequently contradicted by later events and policy choices. Recommended, with the caveat of the author's particular biases. Bibliography. Public and academic libraries. J. S. Zacek SUNY at Albany
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Main Description
Feffer provides an incisive historical background to the current political and economic conflicts that are dramatically reshaping daily life in Eastern Europe and offers critical and guardedly hopeful speculation about the future of the region. Feffer draws upon hundreds of interviews he has conducted with the region's policymakers, trade unionists, grassroots activists, and scholars.
Main Description
Paints a vivid picture of the political and economic conflicts that reshaped Eastern Europe in 1989, including Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Revolutions of 1989p. 1
The Past as Prologuep. 9
History and Geographyp. 11
The Soviet Modelp. 33
From above and belowp. 49
After the Revolutionsp. 69
East Germany... a Shortcut to Democracyp. 71
Poland. . . a Shortcut to Modernityp. 103
Hungary ... Goulash Ecologyp. 149
Czechoslovakia. . . a Moral Foreign Policyp. 175
Romania. . . Amoral Domestic Policyp. 201
Bulgaria. . . the Wrath of Nationsp. 225
Yugoslavia. . . Things Fall Apartp. 253
Conclusion: Things Come Togetherp. 277
Background Statisticsp. 285
Referencesp. 289
Selected Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 339
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