Return to Diversity A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II

ISBN-10: 0195334752
ISBN-13: 9780195334753
Edition: 4th 2008
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Highly acclaimed and thoroughly updated, Return to Diversity, Fourth Edition, provides a comprehensive political history of East Central Europe from World War II to the present. An engaging and straightforward political narrative, the book is organized chronologically in a country-by-country format that students can easily navigate. Each section summarizes and examines the most important themes in Eastern Europe during the rise and fall of Communism. The text features balanced discussions of relevant political events, along with a detailed analysis of the causes and consequences of Communism from the perspective of post-Communist regimes. Nancy M. Wingfield has revised the fourth edition to incorporate social and economic history into the text's strong discussions of political history. She also provides expanded coverage of the resurgence of nationalism in the 1980s, the role of dissident movements in the shift to democracy, and the problems of Communism. To make the region's history even more relevant to students, Return to Diversity now concludes with a compelling look at the contemporary reintegration of the "new" and "old" Europes. Unsurpassed in scope, depth of analysis, and objectivity, Return to Diversity continues to be an invaluable resource for both professors and students of this region's vivid political history.

Nancy M. Wingfield is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. She is co-author of Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II and co-editor (with Maria Bucur) of Staging the Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the Present.Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Associate Professor of History at Indiana University and author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania.

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Interwar Background
World War II
The Communists Come to Power
The Dialectics of Stalinism and Titoism
The Revenge of the Repressed: East Central Europe Reasserts Itself
A Precarious Stalemate
The Various Endgames
The Return to Europe
Notes
Suggested Readings
Index

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