The Post-Communist Era: Change and Continuity in Eastern Europe
by Ben Fowkes
. What has been happening in the last ten years in former communist Eastern Europe? . Has the process of transition been com- pleted successfully? ... Show synopsis . What has been happening in the last ten years in former communist Eastern Europe? . Has the process of transition been com- pleted successfully? . What are the prospects for the future? In trying to give some of the answers, the author has naturally given political developments a large place, in view of the post-1989 freedom to engage in political activity. But the economies, the societies and the cultures of the new Eastern Europe are by no means ignored. Indeed, one of the major features of this period of history has been the predominant role of economic issues in political debate. The author's general conclusions are optimistic, although the darker side of the post-communist picture also receives careful attention. The old, the sick, those unable to adjust to the new situation and members of some minority groups have suffered severely. Former Yugoslavia has been torn apart by ferocious conflicts, which are also analysed in this book. Nevertheless, the initial problems have gradually been overcome and the forces of regeneration have begun to win through.