Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226297934
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226297958 | DOI:

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Among the many remarkable aspects of socialism's disintegration, three stand out: the apparent unpredictability of disintegration seen from within and without Soviet Eastern Europe; the incredible speed with which it proceeded; and it's entirely bloodless course. Taken together, these three aspects make the process look so unlikely that it might just as well have been a historical miracle. Cataclysmic changes are thought of as triggered by visible long-term crises that make them more predictable, and history that rapid change is almost inevitably connected to violence. Central to an analysis of all three aspects of socialism's dissolution are the roles played (or as it may turn out: not played) by various strata of the party. In Western circles this historical option was widely discussed under the epithet of a “Chinese solution” and one of its possible consequences, a quasi-communist dictatorship on a low level of economic development was also known as the “Romanian solution.” Monolithic intentionality enforced in the interest of strengthening socialism became a cancer suffocating its institutional fabric.

Keywords: monolithic intentionality; Chinese solution; Romanian solution; Cataclysmic changes; socialism's dissolution

Chapter.  18980 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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