The Bloc That Failed

The Bloc That Failed

Soviet-East European Relations in Transition
Charles Gati
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/22/1990
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-32531-0
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... lucid and stimulating... " —The New York Times Book Review

Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the new Eastern Europe and the collapse of Soviet control over it—informative and incisive." —Zbigniew Brzezinski

Gati’s book... is the most current and best-informed study of this rapidly changing world.... Professor Gati is uniquely qualified to understand and give perspective to the impact of perestroika and Soviet ‘new thinking’ on the events in Eastern Europe." —William H. Luers, Former U. S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia

... a superb synthesis of the postwar evolution of Soviet-East European relations and the first up-to-date analysis of the revolutionary events in that part of the world in 1989." —Michael Mandelbaum, Council on Foreign Relations

An up-to-date and lucid overview of the troubled course of Soviet-East European relations at time of momentous change in the Soviet bloc." —Sarah M. Terry

... excellent analysis and synthesis... " —Foreign Affairs

this book is written in a lively style and is a good scholarly synthesis of the post-Second World War evolution of Soviet-East European relations ending in the revolutionary events of 1989." —Canadian Journal of Political Science

... a lively and perceptive account... " —Military Review

Clearly and simply written, this book is particularly useful as a compact introduction to the prehistory and transformation of East European politics." —Choice

It is well organized, readable, and sensitive to complexity; find the time to read it." —History

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Table of Contents


Part One: Looking Back

I. Stalin and Socialism in One Region
II. From Khrushchev to Chernenko: An Overview

Part Two: The Era of Reform, 1985-88
III. Political Relations

IV. Economic Relations
V. Military Relations

Part Three: The Era of Revolutionary Change, Since 1988

VI. Moscow Retreats
VII. The Brave New World of Eastern Europe

Appendix: A Soviet View of Eastern Europe
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading