This section of the course aims to show something of the variety of thought and practice in eastern Europe in the lengthy Cold War period. The first seminar deals with the techniques by which Stalinism was installed, including its bid for intelligentsia support. The second evaluates attempts to reform the system, politically and economically, while the third investigates what kind of society eastern Europe actually became under communism and how this should be classified.
1) High communism: the starting point
2) Bids for reform: 1968 and all that
3) Towards socialist consumerism? What kind of society?