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From Eastern Empire to Western Hegemony : East Central Europe under Two International Regimes

By Janos, Andrew C.

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Title: From Eastern Empire to Western Hegemony : East Central Europe under Two International Regimes  
Author: Janos, Andrew C.
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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The historic events of 1989?1992 surrounding the demise of the Soviet bloc created extraordinary challenges for both participants and observers of the political drama. The challenge to participants on both sides of the Iron Curtain was to create political order from the chaos of collapse. To observers, not least among them political scientists, the challenge was to create intellectual order by identifying appropriate conceptual frameworks capable of capturing the quintessential elements of the process and of assembling seemingly disparate events into coherent narratives. The profession of political science responded with commendable zeal and produced numerous competing paradigms even before the events had unfolded in their entirety. Among these constructs was one that wove the process of dissolution into a grand evolutionary scheme presenting the fall of European communism as a triumph of human rationality culminating in the ?end of history.? 1 Others similarly returned to the old paradigm of modernization and convergence, arguing that the demise of communism resulted from tensions between the ever-increasing complexity of the economic base and the continued backwardness of the political superstructure, a hypothesis that predicts the rise of political pluralism after the demise of the old regime.2 Still others portrayed the fall of the Bloc as an instance of political extinction to be interpreted in terms of biological analogies,3 or as an instance of imperial decay...


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