Eastern Europe 1945 1969

Author: Ben Fowkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317881745
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Here is an essential short guide to the history of Eastern Europe under the early decades of communist rule. The study explores the communists attempt to transpose a uniform economic and social system across the region copied from the Soviet model. Dr Fowkes shows how this did not always succeed and he reveals the local variations which became more pronounced after the death of Stalin. The book includes detailed analysis of the dramatic events in Poland and Hungary and in the assessment section there is a useful summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the communist model in its heyday. It is an illuminating study, full of maps and photographs as well as over 30 documents (most previously unavailable in English) which brings this complex subject alive. and helps us to understand the special conditions the people of the region have faced in catching up with the West both in terms of material prosperity and more recently in the establishment of democratic political systems.

Savage Continent

Author: Keith Lowe
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250015049
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The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years... The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the twentieth century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war. The institutions that we now take for granted - such as the police, the media, transport, local and national government - were either entirely absent or hopelessly compromised. Crime rates were soaring, economies collapsing, and the European population was hovering on the brink of starvation. In Savage Continent, Keith Lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. Individuals, communities and sometimes whole nations sought vengeance for the wrongs that had been done to them during the war. Germans and collaborators everywhere were rounded up, tormented and summarily executed. Concentration camps were reopened and filled with new victims who were tortured and starved. Violent anti-Semitism was reborn, sparking murders and new pogroms across Europe. Massacres were an integral part of the chaos and in some places – particularly Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland, as well as parts of Italy and France – they led to brutal civil wars. In some of the greatest acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands, often with the implicit blessing of the Allied authorities. Savage Continent is the story of post WWII Europe, in all its ugly detail, from the end of the war right up until the establishment of an uneasy stability across Europe towards the end of the 1940s. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, Savage Continent is a frightening and thrilling chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post WWII Europe for years to come.

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Het woeste continent

Author: Keith Lowe
Publisher: Uitgeverij Balans
ISBN: 9460037089
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De Tweede Wereldoorlog liet Europa achter in chaos. Landschappen waren vernietigd, steden met de grond gelijkgemaakt en meer dan 35 miljoen mensen gedood. De criminaliteit was onuitroeibaar en economieën stortten in. In zijn grensverleggende boek over de naoorlogse jaren brengt Keith Lowe niet alleen de verwrongen moraal in kaart, maar ook de enorme behoefte aan wraak als de nalatenschap van de oorlog. Hij beschrijft de etnische zuiveringen en burgeroorlogen die de levens van de mensen ontwrichtten, waarna uiteindelijk de instelling van een nieuwe wereldorde kwam, die het verwoeste continent stabiliteit bracht. Het woeste continent is de eerste grote geschiedenis van de korte, chaotische periode tussen het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en het begin van de Koude Oorlog.

Three Social Science Disciplines in Central and Eastern Europe

Author: Max Kaase
Publisher: Lit Verlag
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This handbook is a joint publication of Collegium Budapest and the Social Science Information Centre. Thirty countries reported on the development and current state of three social science disciplines--economics, political science and sociology--in Central and Eastern European countries. Solid analyses by East European experts provide up-to-date overviews of the three social sciences.