Historical legacies of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe

Mark R. Beissinger, Stephen Kotkin

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This book takes stock of arguments about the historical legacies of communism that have become common within the study of Russia and East Europe more than two decades after communism’s demise and elaborates an empirical approach to the study of historical legacies revolving around relationships and mechanisms rather than correlation and outward similarities. Eleven chapters by a distinguished group of scholars assess whether postcommunist developments in specii c areas continue to be shaped by the experience of communism or, alternatively, by fundamental divergences produced before or after communism. Chapters deal with the variable impact of the communist experience on postcommunist societies in such areas as regime trajectories and democratic political values; patterns of regional and sectoral economic development; property ownership within the energy sector; the functioning of the executive branch of government, the police, and courts; the relationship of religion to the state; government language policies; and informal relationships and practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages247
ISBN (Electronic)9781107286191
ISBN (Print)9781107054172
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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