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The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century

The Struggle Between Democracy and Dictatorship Sten Berglund, Professor of Political Science, University of Örebro, Sweden and the late Frank H. Aarebrot, formerly Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century presents a fresh, up-to-date introduction to the struggle between democracy and dictatorship in Eastern Europe since 1900.
Extent: 208 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85898 478 0
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • International Relations
The Political History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century presents a fresh, up-to-date introduction to the struggle between democracy and dictatorship in Eastern Europe since 1900.

The book is broken down into three different parts focusing on those time periods when experiments with democracy threatened to change the established order: the inter-war period, the democratic or semi- democratic interlude in the wake of the Second World War until 1949 and the current experience with the new democracies. In discussing the struggle between democracy and dictatorship, the authors argue that the experience of Eastern Europe reveals the challenges which threaten democracy and the conditions necessary for the survival of democratic government.

The book will be essential reading for students of Eastern Europe, comparative politics, and European history.
Contents: Preface 1. The Heritage 2. From Formal Democracy to Strongman Rule: 1917–45 3. Freedom from Facism, but How? Eastern Europe in 1945–49 4. The Crumbling Monolith 5. Democracy: The Second Coming 6. Prospects and Paradoxes Index