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Author Sosnowska, Anna, 1969- author.

Title Explaining economic backwardness : post-1945 polish historians on eastern Europe / Anna Sosnowska
Published New York : Central European University Press, [2019]
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Contents The power structure and ownership relations of semi-peripheral socialism -- Power and society -- The issue of interest integration -- Actors of the open crisis -- The socio-cultural heritage and its structural effects -- The one-party system and the transitory society -- The message -- The chances of the new socialist alternative
Summary This monograph is about an exciting and valuable string in the intellectual history of Eastern Europe: the debate of leading Polish historians on the origins of the economic divisions within Europe. The work covers nearly fifty years that span between the publication of two pivotal works in 1947 and 1994. The author focuses on the works of four leading participants in the debate, Kula, Małowist, Topolski and Wyczański. The analysis provides an insightful interpretation of how local and generational experience shaped the post1945 Polish historians' notion on Eastern European backwardness, and how their debate on backwardness influenced Western historical sociology, discussion on origins of capitalism, social theories of development and dependency in peripheral areas, and image of Eastern Europe in western, Marxisminspired social science. Although created under the pressure of the adverse conditions of state socialism, censorship in particular, this scholarship, with its emphasis on international comparisons and global perspective, as well as its stress on social theory and explanations, is an important part of social science of the postwar period. Its analysis helps also to understand current differences that occasionally lead to conflicts between Europe's richest and economically most developed core and its southern and eastern peripheries
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Social conditions.
Europe, Eastern -- History -- 1945-
Europe, Eastern -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Eastern Europe.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018058649
ISBN 9637326316
Other Titles Zrozumieć zacofanie. English