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Postcommunist States and Nations

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Bosnia and Herzegovina A Polity on the Brink

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Polity on the Brink

1st Edition

By Francine Friedman
December 08, 2006

First published in 2007. Emerging from communism in the early 1990s, the new state of Bosnia and Herzegovina was immediately embroiled in devastating ethnonationalist conflict. Now an international protectorate, the choices of its elites may well propel Bosnia either to a stable future, integrated ...

The Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

1st Edition

By Thomas Lane, Artis Pabriks, Aldis Purs, David J. Smith
September 20, 2002

Since the end of the Cold War there has been an increased interest in the Baltics. The Baltic States brings together three titles, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, to provide a comprehensive and analytical guide integrating history, political science, economic development and contemporary events into...

Lithuania Stepping Westward

Lithuania: Stepping Westward

1st Edition

By Thomas Lane
August 23, 2002

Lithuania restored her independence, after half a century of Soviet occupation, in the immediate aftermath of the failed Moscow coup in August 1991. As the multi-national Soviet state disintegrated, Lithuania evolved, without war or violence, from a communist state and a command economy to a ...

Estonia Independence and European Integration

Estonia: Independence and European Integration

1st Edition

By David Smith
August 23, 2002

In 1998, Estonia became the first of the former Soviet republics to enter membership negotiations with the European Union. Since then it has been hailed as 'the model pupil' amongst the current applicants. This study traces the remarkable reforms that have propelled Estonia from the USSR to the ...

Ukraine Movement without Change, Change without Movement

Ukraine: Movement without Change, Change without Movement

1st Edition

By Marta Dyczok
May 01, 2000

Ukraine has surprised many international observers. Few anticipated its declaration of independence in 1991 or its determination to move out of Russia's shadow. Dyczok redresses the continuing dearth of information on the country. Aimed at nonspecialists and specialists alike, it presents an ...

Armenia At the Crossroads

Armenia: At the Crossroads

1st Edition

By Robert Krikorian, Joseph Masih
February 01, 1999

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia has remained on the brink of on the brink of becoming an economic crossroads or an isolated backwater, a democratic or authoritarian state, a peaceful and prosperous country or a nation on the brink of conflict. Armenia's difficult independence is ...

Belarus A Denationalized Nation

Belarus: A Denationalized Nation

1st Edition

By David Marples
February 01, 1999

In any assessment and understanding of Belarus, the key questions to address include; why has Belarus apparently rejected independence under its first president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and sought a union with Russia? Why has the government rejected democracy, infringed on the human rights of its ...

Kyrgyzstan Central Asia's Island of Democracy?

Kyrgyzstan: Central Asia's Island of Democracy?

1st Edition

By John Anderson
February 01, 1999

Born out of the collapse of the USSR, Kyrgyzstan has been notable for its struggle to develop a pluralist polity and free market, an attempt that distinguishes it from some of its more authoritarian neighbors. This volume introduces students and businessmen to this most attractive of republics, ...

Latvia The Challenges of Change

Latvia: The Challenges of Change

1st Edition

By Artis Pabriks, Aldis Purs
December 21, 2001

The past one hundred years have been a very trying time for Latvia, complete with success, tragedy, and still unrealized promise. Within the course of a generation, the country experienced revolutions, wars and independent statehood, and then the slide into authoritarianism. World War II brought ...

Bulgaria The Uneven Transition

Bulgaria: The Uneven Transition

1st Edition

By Vesselin Dimitrov
August 23, 2002

The communist regime in Bulgaria was perhaps the most stable in Eastern Europe and its demise was brought about only by the general collapse of the Soviet bloc. In the light of this, what is surprising about the country's transitions to democracy and a market economy is not that it has been uneven ...

Poland The Conquest of History

Poland: The Conquest of History

1st Edition

By George Sanford
February 01, 1999

Poland pioneered the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Domestic reformism and the negotiated abdication of ruling elites in 1989 have structured the country's politics in the 1990s. But the division between the communist and Solidarity camps continues to cause problems for a potential reform...

Slovenia Evolving Loyalties

Slovenia: Evolving Loyalties

1st Edition

By John K. Cox
May 14, 2009

A clear and concise introduction to contemporary Slovenia. It examines the country's rapid transition from a collection of provinces in the southern part of the Habsburg Empire, to a republic within Yugoslavia, to an independent state and analyzes the major political and economic developments ...

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