In this new book, Leslie Holmes provides the first comprehensive single-authored analysis of post-communism. He highlights and explains both the positive and negative aspects of post-communism in the political, economic, and social spheres. Throughout, the policies and structures of late communism are compared to the situation existing now in the ex-communist countries. The result is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to one of the most major events this century.
List of Figures and Tables. Preface. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations. Terminology and Map. Part I Theories and Approaches. . 1. On Communism and Post-Communism. 2. Theories of the Collapse of Communist Power. Part II Transition to post-Communism: The Revolutions of 1989-1991. . 3. Eastern Europe. 4. The USSR. 5. The Survivors. 6. A Comparative Overview. Part III Early Post-Communism. . 7. Institutional Politics. 8. The Economies. 9. Social Policies and Problems. 10. Civil or Uncivil Societies?. 11. Changing Allegiances. Part IV Conclusions. 12. Some Concluding Remarks. Bibliography. Index.