CEE: Politics and Economy
The aim of this lecture is to outline the major social and political processes that determined social life in CEE countries under communist rule. In doing so, the main features of the communist state and communist society – as they were functioning in CEE countries – are explained. Special emphasis in this lecture is given to an explanation of the totalitarian character of the communist state and its impact on social structures and dynamics of social interactions in CEE societies.
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- Brown J. F. (1988). Eastern Europe under Communist Rule. Duke University Press: Durham, NC and London.
- Ekiert, G. (1996). The State Against Society: Political Crises and Their Aftermath in East Central Europe. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.
- Rothschild, J. (2008). Return to Diversity. A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II. 4th edition, revised with additions by Nancy Wingfield, Oxford University Press: New York, Oxford.
- Simons, T.W. Jr. (1991). Eastern Europe in the Postwar World. 2nd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan: New York.