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The Socialist Regimes Of East Central Europe: Their Establishment And Consolidation, 1944-1967
The Socialist Regimes Of East Central Europe: Their Establishment And Consolidation, 1944-1967
By Jerzy Tomaszewski
Routledge, 1989, 305 pp

A factual presentation of Eastern Europe's main political events as its nations marched through the phases of "people's democracy," Stalinization ("non-democratic centralism") and then limited de-Stalinization. There is nothing extraordinary about the book, except that it was written before the events of 1989 by a University of Warsaw professor for his own students and other East European readers. Drawing on writings from both West and East, and covering highly controversial issues with a kind of deadpan neutrality, the author played his part in that reexamination of the past that has been so rapidly destroying long-standing official myths in Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R. itself.