30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall : turns and twists in economies, politics, and societies in the post-communist countries


    • Akimov, Alexandr
    • Kazakevitch, Gennadi


30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall : turns and twists in economies, politics, and societies in the post-communist countries

edited by Alexandr Akimov, Gennadi Kazakevitch

(Palgrave studies in economic history)

Palgrave Macmillan, c2020

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Includes bibliographical references and index



The year 2019 marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. This symbolic event led to German unification and the collapse of communist party rule in countries of the Soviet-led Eastern bloc. Since then, the post-communist countries of Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe have tied their post-communist transition to deep integration into the West, including EU accession. Most of the states in Central and Eastern Europe have been able to relatively successfully transform their previous communist political and economic systems. In contrast, the non-Baltic post-Soviet states have generally been less successful in doing so. This book, with an internationally respected list of contributors, seeks to address and compare those diverse developments in communist and post-communist countries and their relationship with the West from various angles. The book has three parts. The first part addresses the progress of post-communist transition in comparative terms, including regional focus on Eastern and South Eastern Europe, CIS and Central Asia. The second focuses on Russia and its foreign relationship, and internal politics. The third explores in detail economies and societies in Central Asia. The final part of the book draws some historical comparisons of recent issues in post-communism with the past experiences.


Chapter 1. 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Trends and the Current State of Communism and Post-Communism in Europe and Asiaby Gennadi Kazakevitch and Alexander Akimov Part I. How Communism and Post-Communism Are TrackingChapter 2. A Taxonomy of Post-Communist Economies after 30 Years of Reforms by Gennadi KazakevitchChapter 3. The Central Asian Countries' Economies in the Twenty-First Century by Richard PomfretChapter 4. The Post-Communist Transition of the Western Balkans: EUropeanisation with a Small Enlargement Carrot by Milenko PetrovicChapter 5. Oragnised Crime in-and from-Communist and Post-Communist States by Leslie HolmesPart II. Values, Security and Foreign Policy in RussiaChapter 6. US-Russia Relations in the Last 30 Years: From a Rapprochement to a Meltdown by Victoria V. OrlovaChapter 7. Russia's Growing Relationship with Iran: Strategic or Tactical? by Ian ParmeterChapter 8. Energy Integration in the Eurasian Economic Union: A Preliminary Study on Progress and Policy Implications by Elena ShadrinaChapter 9. Mediating Populist Discourse in Russia via YouTube: The Case of Alexey Navalny by Sofiya GlazunovaPart III. Economy and Society in Central AsiaChapter 10. Why Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan Are Not Singapore: Comparing the First 25 Years of Reforms by Alexandr AkimovChapter 11. Money Can't Buy Me Love, But It Can Buy Apples: An Analysis of Fruit and Vegetable Demand in Uzbekistan by Alisher ErgashevChapter 12. Squandering Remittances Income in Conspicuous Consumption? by Jak Kakhkharov and Muzaffar AhunovChapter 13. Equal Citizenship, Ethnicity, and Language Dilemmas in the Context of the Post-Socialist Reforms in Central Asia by Aziz IsmatovPart IV. East and West: History, Liberalism, Culture and Political ChangeChapter 14. The Horrors of Exclusion: Zygmunt Bauman's Sociological Journey by Raymond TarasChapter 15. Failures and Successes: Soviet and Chinese State-Socialist Reforms in the Face of Global Capitalism by Roger MarkwickChapter 16. Legal Continuity and Change: Two Russian Revolutions and Perestroika through the Prism of Kelsen's Grundnorm and Hart's Secondary Rules by Anna TaitslinChapter 17. 'Fleeing Communism': Yugoslav and Vietnamese Post-War Migration to Australia and Changes to Immigration Policy by Nina Markovic

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