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Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962by Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)520 ppUS $39.50 The book is an ambitious attempt to map the process of collectivization in Romania and its implications for parties involved in it: the Romanian Communist Party as its driving force and the village organizational structures [...]

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Albania’s Property Restitution Quagmire

Albania’s Property Restitution Quagmire

The Albanian Property Restitution and Compensation Agency: The Property Restitution and Compensation Process as a Constitutional and Integration Obligationby Drini Çano(Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009)60 ppUS $68 In this horribly edited slim and dry booklet, Drini Çano argues in stilted and stultifying Euronglish legalese that Albania’s incomplete property restitution process, under way for the [...]

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The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

The Politics of Privatization:  Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europeby John A. Gould(Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011)247 ppUS $22.50 Communism is fast fading into the realm of “history.” More and more Americans were either not alive or too young to appreciate its enormous dimensions and seeming permanence.  And, in formerly communist countries, a kind of [...]

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