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The End of Communism in Eastern Europe

George Schopflin
International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-)
Vol. 66, No. 1 (Jan., 1990), pp. 3-16
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
DOI: 10.2307/2622187
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2622187
Page Count: 14
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The End of Communism in Eastern Europe
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Abstract

This article explores why communism has collapsed in Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, it looks at the reasons for the speed and the suddenness of the transformation and offers an analysis in terms of the increasing decay of Soviet-type systems throughout the 198os until they finally proved incapable of self-reproduction. It investigates the various factors that contributed to the collapse-economic deprivation, criticism from intellectuals, popular demonstrations and divisions within the communist party leaderships. Finally, the article raises questions about the significance of the transformation for the future of Europe as a whole.

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