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The Communist Parties of Eastern Europe
The Communist Parties of Eastern Europe
Edited by Stephen Fischer-Galati
Columbia University Press, 1979, 384 pp

These eight essays provide, along with names, numbers and organizational data, quite a good brief survey of the ruling parties, and thus of the postwar experience of the countries of Eastern Europe. They are individual studies with no new or striking theme, but the variety of the situations they describe indicates separate roads to wherever the parties are going (although the editor in his introduction tells us not to be deceived by appearances-the Russians are still there).