Foreword - written by Professor Richard J. Crampton Introduction Chapter 1. Socio-Economic and Political Facts on Post-Communist Transition 1.1. The necessity for and uneven distribution of foreign assistance 1.2. The decisive importance of EU assistance 1.3. The rejection of EU conditions and assistance for reform by post- communist governments in the Balkans during the early 1990s Chapter 2. Critique of the Existing Explanations 2.1. Structural explanations based on the impacts of different pre-communist legacies and geographic location 2.2. Explanations based on different institutional and behavioural legacies of communism 2.3. The importance of a combined approach Chapter 3. Differing Aspects of Communism 3.1. The pre-communist past 3.2. The establishment of communist rule 3.3. The character of communist party rule: weak and strong communism 3.3. The socio-economic effects of communist industrialisation and urbanisation 3.4. The role of the church Chapter 4. Differing Regime Changes and Outcomes, 1989-2004 4.1. Peaceful revolutions in East Central Europe... 4.2. ...and Balkan 'evolutions' 4.3. Slovenian and Baltic specifics 4.4. The different role of external factors despite the same EU approach Chapter 5. The Changed EU Approach - New Challenges for the Western Balkan States after 2005? 5.1. The emergence of an EU perspective 5.2. The emergence of enlargement fatigue - the disappearance of the EU perspective? 5.3. The problem of political (in)stability and the statehood status disputes Conclusion
Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent developments, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition.