Poli 212�April 2nd

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Poli 212—April 2 nd , 2008 02/04/2008 10:29:00 Imperial context of transition in East and Central Europe How: a combination of imperial structure and multinational societies produce  political transitions in which state borders change (how state borders are reordered and  changed) which state borders are maintained—in some way the dynamics for transition emerge  earlier (leading cases/early entrants) -one reason why they’re relatively early, is that the soviet union has tolerated  some kind of economic reform in 70s and 80s (allowed them to import new technology  and implement new reforms—decentralized economic institutions) -Soviet Union agreed to loosen controls because a lot of the surplus generated  by these kinds of forms would be directed to the soviet union (tribute economy  organized around the needs of the soviet union) -empowers actors in the economy and civil society (ex: Poland’s shipbuilding and  mining sectors) -cases which national minorities are relatively small Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and the USSR: cases in which we see democratic  transition but also fundamental political reordering (creation of new states) -Yugoslavia: state formation a violent process, characterized by civil war, process  of state formation still ongoing (Kosovo) -In contrast: the split of the Czechs and the Slovaks was non-violent — “the  velvet divorce” -When the USSR broke apart it was a relatively peaceful form of new state  formation—process which begins in 1991 with plebiscites in a series of constituent  republics in the soviet union which support sovereignty -first republics to declare themselves independent are the Baltic republics (Latvia,  -final is the unification of East and West Germany
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLI 212 taught by Professor Meadwell during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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