Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009


Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged examines how the 1989 collapse of state-sponsored socialism in the former Soviet bloc impacted both Eastern Europe and China over the next two decades. Featuring paired comparisons of the major political, economic, and social changes that occurred in China and the former Soviet bloc, the chapters all share a concern with the fate of the state in the post-socialist era. Contributors elaborate on topics such as civil society before and after 1989; the ways in which the state has-or has not-encouraged new forms of economic behavior; and the state's role in novel social trends. Through an analysis of the political models and economic patterns that have emerged in this grand project of transition, the work provides a powerful comparative account that will reshape our understanding of the post-1989 era in both Eastern Europe and East Asia.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Nina Bandelj
  • Dorthy J. Solinger
  • Valerie Bunce
  • Sharon L. Wolchik
  • Joseph Fewsmith
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2012


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