A new edition of this book is now available. Now in a fully updated
edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe-the
new and future members of the European Union along with the
problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world
stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and
up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central
and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. Divided into two
parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies
as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO
expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications,
the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and
nationalism, and political reform. New to this edition is a chapter
on Albania. Leading scholars provide the historical context for the
current situation of each country in the region. They explain how
communism ended and how democratic politics has emerged or is
struggling to emerge in its wake, how individual countries have
transformed their economies, how their populations have been
affected by rapid and wrenching change, and how foreign policy
making has evolved. For students and specialists alike, this book
will be an invaluable resource on the newly democratizing states of
Europe. Contributions by: Federigo Argentieri, Mark Baskin, Elez
Biberaj, Janusz Bugajski, Valerie Bunce, Zsuzsa Csergo, Jane L.
Curry, Daina Stukuls Eglitis, Sharon Fisher, John Gledhill, Charles
King, Taras Kuzio, Ronald Linden, Paula Pickering, Marilyn
Rueschemeyer, Jeffrey Simon, Joshua Spero, and Sharon L. Wolchik.
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