When ICS Press undertook to publish the Sequoia Seminar Publications series, of which this volume is the sixth, it did so out of enthusiasm for the series' theme, "Including the Excluded: Extending the Benefits of Development." Eastern Europe, the subject of this book, is in some ways more developed than much of the world, but was until recently excluded from the benefits of political and economic freedom. This volume is of vital importance because it addresses questions of how the United States and Americans can promote the efforts of East Europeans to liberate themselves from economic and political overcentralization. It examines in detail a region that has inspired much hopeful rhetoric but not enough attention to programs that will advance, rather than hinder, its reintroduction to the bracing realities of freedom.
Some advocates of aid to Eastern Europe suggest the extension of a "new Marshall Plan." This volume examines what the Marshall Plan and other foreign assistance programs have actually entailed; how the needs of Eastern Europe today compare with those of prior recipients, including Western Europe after the Second World War;