At the beginning of this book we noted a series of traits which distinguish the countries and peoples of Eastern Europe from those of the West. They included economic backwardness, bureaucratic rigidity, and a range of popular attitudes, among them a disinclination to compromise and tendencies to both utopianism and romantic excess. These qualities contributed to the revolutions of the later 1980s. At the time of writing (March 1991) they were also influencing the prospects of successful adjustment to democratic pluralism and a market economy.
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