The Soviet Union's dramatic collapse in 1989 was a pivotal moment
in the complex history of Central and Eastern Europe, and Ivan
Berend here offers a magisterial new account of the dramatic
transformation that culminated in ten former Soviet Bloc countries
joining the European Union. Taking the OPEC oil crisis of 1973 as
his starting point, he charts the gradual unravelling of state
socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, its ultimate collapse in
the revolutions of 1989, and the economic restructuring and lasting
changes in income, employment, welfare, education and social
structure which followed. He pays particular attention to the
crucial role of the European Union as well as the social and
economic hurdles that continue to face former Eastern-bloc nations
as they try to catch up with their Western neighbours. This will be
essential reading for scholars and students of European and
economic history, European politics and economics.
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