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The New Eastern Europe: Western Responses
The New Eastern Europe: Western Responses
By J. M. C. Rollo and others
Council on Foreign Relations Press (for The Royal Institute of Internationa, 1990, 137 pp
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The Soviet-East European Relationship In The Gorbachev Era: The Prospects For Adaptation
The Soviet-East European Relationship In The Gorbachev Era: The Prospects For Adaptation
Edited by Aurel Braun
Westview Press, 1990, 249 pp
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The Rollo volume is a slim but handy introduction to the daunting economic problems facing Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the disappearing German Democratic Republic. The suggestions for Western responses are sensible, but necessarily general. The book edited by Braun, which was put together in 1989 prior to the East European upheaval, has good material on the years 1985-88, but the discussion of matters such as the Warsaw Pact and Comecon is full of speculation and couched in terms that soon became irrelevant. There is scarcely a hint that the end of the Brezhnev Doctrine, which was evident even then, meant the end of an empire.