My thanks go to the Russian Research Center at Harvard University, where I have been a fellow since 1987. Its numerous seminars discussing the momentous changes that occurred in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe helped me immensely. This work also benefited greatly from my attendance at the seminars of the Study Group on Post-Communist Systems, which met at the Russian Research Center during 1992 and 1993. The opportunity to attend various seminars dealing with Eastern Europe at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, was also quite useful. I also learned much from attending most of the recent meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies as well as the New England Slavic Association. My attendance at the World Congress of the International Council for Soviet and East European Studies (ICSEES) in Washington, DC, also was invaluable. Two trips to Romania in the summers of 1991 and 1993 were extremely useful in connection with the research for the chapter on Romania.
A debt of gratitude is also owed to my various classes on East European politics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston since 1982. They provided me with a valuable sounding board for many of the ideas that appear in this book.
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Publication information: Book title: Change in Eastern Europe. Contributors: Robert Weiner - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: vii.
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