Russia and Eastern Europe after Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems

Russia and Eastern Europe after Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems

Russia and Eastern Europe after Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems

Russia and Eastern Europe after Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems

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"Examining the key challenges confronting Russia and Eastern Europe, this multidisciplinary volume considers the constitutional, political, economic, security, and national identity issues facing these post-communist societies. Drawing upon both theory and case studies informed by newly available primary sources, leading U. S. and Russian specialists provide a comprehensive balance sheet of the achievements and costs of the ongoing economic and political transformation. They also examine the prospects for a thriving civil society and for the region's integration into European and global economic and security institutions." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The conference on "Russia and East Europe in Transition," held at Middlebury College in May 1994 under the auspices of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, provided the impetus for this volume. the two-day gathering was made possible by a Title vi grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Jessica Swift Endowed Lecture Fund of Middlebury College, for which we are most grateful.

Apart from the contributors to this volume, the conference participants included: George Bellerose, Raymond E. Benson, Valery Chalidze, Michael Claudon, David Colander, Guntram H. Herb, Lars Lih, Tamar Mayer, Noah M.J. Pickus, Sunder Ramaswamy, David A. Rosenberg, and Mitchell Smith. Acting as discussants, panel chairs, or interested participants, their efforts, individually and collectively, have made this a better book and their contribution to this project is gratefully acknowledged.

The conference papers were revised in the summer and revised again and updated in the summer of 1995. We are grateful to George Bellerose, who has been a cheerful and unfailing guide in the preparation of this volume. in addition to critical comments on all chapters, George also supplied rich editorial experience and prepared the volume index. Our research assistant, Alexander Lust, provided valuable support at several critical junctures, including the English transliteration of Russian names. We thank our colleagues, Ben Slay and Allison K. Stanger, who commented on several chapter drafts, and to Shirley Benson for translating our Russian contributions into grammatical English. We would also like to thank Futura Design, of Shelburne, Vermont, for their efforts in the production of this book. Finally, we are much indebted to our editor, Rebecca Ritke of Westview Press, whose knowledgeable comments and suggestions on the entire manuscript have improved the volume immeasurably.

Michael Kraus
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