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From the Soviet Bloc to the European Union The Economic and Social Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe since 1973

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ISBN-10: 0521729505

ISBN-13: 9780521729505

Edition: 2009

Authors: Ivan T. Berend, T. Ivan Berend

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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Ivan T. Berend is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Author of Decades of Crisis: Central and Eastern Europe before World War II (California, 1998) and of Central and Eastern Europe 1944-1993 (1996), he has now, with his informal "trilogy," performed the remarkable feat of laying the entire modern history of the region before the English-speaking audience.

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Preface
Introduction
The economic factors in the collapse of state socialism and the new international environment, 1973-1989
Economic crisis, slowdown, and technological transformation in the West and lack of adjustment and decline in the East after 1973
The absence of opportunities for technology transfer
The new international environment: end of the Cold War and the "new world order"
The "Washington consensus"
Radical transformation and policy mistakes: dramatic economic decline in the early 1990s
Deregulation and macroeconomic stabilization
Marketization
Privatization
Policy mistakes and decline
Toward better times: the European Union and its policy of eastward enlargement
The European Union's interest in enlargement and integration
The acquis communautaire and membership in the Union
The European Union's impact on the transformation of future candidate countries
The European Union of twenty-seven countries
Recuperation and growth: the role of foreign direct investment
Capital inflow and foreign direct investment
Complementary specialization within the international production network
Economic restructuring: transforming main sectors, economic recovery, growth, and weaknesses
Restructuring the economy: infrastructure and services, the most dynamic sectors
Agriculture
Industrial restructuring
Restructured foreign trade
Economic recovery and growth
Economic weaknesses
Transformation and social shock
Longing for Western life and starting to adopt it
The social pain of transformation
Societies in shock
Lasting changes in the structure of income, employment, welfare institutions, education, and settlement
Living standards, unemployment, and poverty
A withering welfare state
Changing demographic trends
Educational changes
Structural changes in society
Settlement structure: unchanged urbanization level, but changing cities
Epilogue: the future of catching up in the European "melting pot"
Bibliography
Index