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The End of the Outer Empire

The End of the Outer Empire
Soviet-East European Relations in Transition, 1985-90

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September 1992 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What are the political and economic ramifications of the disintegration of the Iron Curtain for the former Soviet Union's Eastern European allies? The End of the Outer Empire comprehensively examines the relationships between the Soviet Union and her neighbors, focusing particularly on the Gorbachev period (1985-1989), although including the Brezhnev regime when appropriate. This volume contains a great deal of new and interesting material; its analysis reflects both the increasing diversity of development as well as the remarkable change of pace in relations. The contributors do not attempt to articulate absolute verdicts or solutions on what remains a very fluid situation; rather, they seek to map the course of recent turmoil and convey some sense of the main trends of development. A fascinating collection of essays, The End of the Outer Empire explores the underside of the incredible changes now taking place in Eastern Europe. Professors and students of international relations, history, foreign policy, and Soviet and European studies will find this volume to be an essential addition to their classrooms as well as their libraries.

Alex Pravda
Soviet Policy Towards Eastern Europe in Transition
Jonathan Eyal
Military Relations
Alan Smith
Economic Relations
George Sanford
Polish-Soviet Relations
Gabriel Partos
Hungarian-Soviet Relations
Adrian Hyde-Price
GDR-Soviet Relations
Borek Hnizdo
Czechoslovak-Soviet Relations
Jonathan Eyal
Romanian-Soviet Relations
Jonathan Eyal
Giving Up Illusions and Unravelling Ties


`Changes in Soviet foreign policy under Mikhail Gorbachev are widely accepted as being one of the major factors in the fall of the communist regimes in Europe. Alex Pravda and the other authors of this readable collection of essays work from inside the assumprions to put it in its proper military, economic and more general foreign policy context... For an edited collection of essays the narrative flows between chapters extremely well so that one is left with the impression that there was nothing that could be done to create a partnership between the USSR and the European communist states based on consensus and shared aims. The result is an excellent summary of the end of Soviet interests in Eastern Europe. It is a useful reminder if the complexity of reforming communist systems for experts and an accessible introduction to this area of Soviet foreign policy for undergraduates' - Journal of Communist Studies

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ISBN: 9780803987234