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Why did the Socialist System Collapse in Central and Eastern European Countries?

The Case of Poland, the former Czechoslovakia and Hungary


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. The Traditional System and the Collapse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Jan Adam
      Pages 21-38
    3. Jan Adam
      Pages 39-57
    4. Jan Adam
      Pages 71-88
    5. Jan Adam
      Pages 89-114
  4. Economic Reforms and the Collapse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Jan Adam
      Pages 117-137
    3. Jan Adam
      Pages 138-160
    4. Jan Adam
      Pages 161-179
    5. Jan Adam
      Pages 180-203
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Jan Adam
      Pages 207-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-244

About this book


In the book the author discusses the reasons for the collapse of the socialist system in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. He analyses the roles of economic and political factors and of the USSR. He concludes that the lack of legitimacy of the communist regime, the disintegration of the Communist Party and its ideology were at least as important reasons as increasing lag behind the West in technology and the declining standard of living.


communism desegregation Eastern Europe economic policy Import Policy reforms

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of CalgaryCanada

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