The dramatic changes in East Central Europe took place so unexpectedly, so rapidly and so recently that scholars have been hard pressed to assimilate them intellectually.1 Even as they begin to integrate the events of 1989 into the pattern of history, however, observers must acknowledge that East Central Europe has continued to evolve at a fast pace since the demise of communism. Today, we may speak of an on-going third post-communism phase, of yet indeterminate duration marked by increasing differentiation among the political, economic and social spheres. This chapter proposes to examine this phase in terms of concurrent but contradictory and unstable processes of fission, fusion and bifurcation.
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