Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions

Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions

| Eurasia Program

About the Event

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, sharp divides remain on the socio-economic legacies of transition.  Was it a success that produced great progress after a short recession, or a socio-economic catastrophe foisted on the East by Western capitalists?  In their new book, Taking Stock of Shock, Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell A. Orenstein blend empirical data with lived experiences to produce a robust picture of who won and who lost in post-communist transition, contextualizing the rise of populism in Eastern Europe.

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Mitchell Orenstein

Mitchell Orenstein - Mitchell Orenstein is a Senior Fellow at FPRI’s Eurasia Program and Professor and Chair of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristen Ghodsee

Kristen Ghodsee - Kristen R. Ghodsee is a Professor of Russian and East European Studies and a Member of the Graduate Group in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is the Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.