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Gorbachev's export of Perestroika to Eastern Europe: Democratisation reconsidered

Helen Hardman


This book looks at the liberalisation process in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) during the period of 1987-1989, focusing on Gorbachev's initiative to encourage perestroika in all the fraternal regimes of CEE outside the Soviet Union. Archival materials, interviews and textual analysis identify a common initiative between 1987 and 1989 among the fraternal communist parties of CEE to perpetuate the one-party system across this space by liberalising the economy and modernising the regime. By this stage there was dialogue among these leaderships and agreement that the economic crisis was systemi ... More

Keywords: Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika, Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Polish United Workers’ Party (PUWP), League of Communists of Yugoslavia (LCY), Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party (HSWP), Democratization, Warsaw Pact, Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA), Communist party conferences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079788
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Hardman, author