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Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe From Stalin To Havel
Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe From Stalin To Havel
By Vladimir Tismaneanu
The Free Press, 1992, 303 pp.

History always bears reencounter after great intervening events. Tismaneanu revisits the complex fate of eastern Europe in the postwar period with the special insights of someone who views the scene from this side of the 1989 revolution. In his case the insights are the greater because he is a sensitive and sophisticated observer who grew up in the system. Although from Romania, he draws his illustrations from many countries, perhaps mostly from Poland.