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Communism in Eastern Europe

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ISBN 9780813348179
December 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Communism in Eastern Europe is a groundbreaking new survey of the history of Eastern Europe since 1945. It examines how Communist governments came to Eastern Europe, how they changed their societies and the legacies that persisted after their fall. Written from the perspective of the 21st century, this book shows how Eastern Europe’s trajectory since 1989 fits into the longer history of its Communist past.

Rather than focusing on high politics, Communism in Eastern Europe concentrates on the politics of daily life, melding political history with social, cultural and gender history. It tells the history of this complicated era through the voices and experiences of ordinary people. By focusing on the complex interactions of everyday life, Communism in Eastern Europe illuminates the world Communism made in Eastern Europe, its politics and culture, values and dreams, successes and failures.

This book is an engaging introduction to the history of Communist Eastern Europe for any reader. It is ideal for adoption in a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses in 20th century European history.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Introduction. The Communist World of Eastern Europe

1. Communism Comes to Eastern Europe

2. Creating a Stalinist Society

3. Socialist Modernity in the 1950s and 1960s

4. Reform and Retrenchment, 1956–1968

5. Consumerism and its Consequences during Late Socialism

6. Decade of Crisis

7. From Communism to Neoliberalism

8. Eastern Europe in the 21st Century


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Melissa Feinberg is Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is the author of Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe and Elusive Equality: Gender, Citizenship and the Limits of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, 1918–1950.