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Really excellent book on a big topic It s similar to Tony Judt s Postwar self consciously so , and it attempts to cover the main themes of European history since 1989 and does so quite well The author is so erudite and he has a really impressive command of the topic Going in, I was a bit skeptical of the emphasis on Eastern Europe but came away convinced that this was the right approach This was the second book I ve read this year that significantly shifted my priors on market capitalism. Dense economic and political history written by an Austrian professor The book tracks neoliberal policy outcomes with a focus on countries coming out of communism The minutia is severe and painful but there s some good stuff in there that s probably nowhere else Politics via handsome plumbers, Schwarzenegger pitching Friedman, shifty kiosk ladies to name a few As a non academic I d say this is one of the worst books I m still glad I read. One of the best history economy audiobooks I ve ever listened to, Europe Since 1989 is an engrossing look at how the European countries have flourished or stagnated since the end of the Cold War Its tone is academic, in that it sounds like a particularly interesting lecture that you d hear at a university It comes across as a balanced pros and cons judgment of how the neoliberal translation free market capitalist global system has both helped and screwed over the various regions of Europe One of the best history economy audiobooks I ve ever listened to, Europe Since 1989 is an engrossing look at how the European countries have flourished or stagnated since the end of the Cold War Its tone is academic, in that it sounds like a particularly interesting lecture that you d hear at a university It comes across as a balanced pros and cons judgment of how the neoliberal translation free market capitalist global system has both helped and screwed over the various regions of Europe.This book helped me understand how migration away from struggling nations, the implementation of austerity measures, and a sad lack of support from the West over time has exacerbated the problems of many eastern and southern Euro zone countries All of which has contributed to multiple ongoing crises today the rise of populism, the breaking apart of democracies the rule of law, the kowtowing to authoritarian alternatives in Hungary Russia, along with a general hostility to immigrants as a convenient scapegoat to muchcomplicated internal issues.I highly recommend reading this if you want to have a deeper understanding in the foundational reasons behind Europe s ongoing problems Fascinating read Interesting stuff hard to believe its been 29 years since 1989 Wow that makes me feel old I remember being in high school when all this stuff was going on All those changes, all those countries So much upheaval Very informative probably needs a re read to getcontent into my headspace there was a lot to take in. It is hard to rate this book since i had a tough time following the sheer amount of information presented Background understanding of economics theory and familiarity with the history of politics of each EU states are needed Further, it is not an overall introduction to EU history since 1989, but the economic history of the EU since 1989, with special focus on former communist territories The general idea i can get is that the neo liberalism economic system took place in various forms an It is hard to rate this book since i had a tough time following the sheer amount of information presented Background understanding of economics theory and familiarity with the history of politics of each EU states are needed Further, it is not an overall introduction to EU history since 1989, but the economic history of the EU since 1989, with special focus on former communist territories The general idea i can get is that the neo liberalism economic system took place in various forms and degrees for different EU countries Therefore, the effects unfolded after the implementation of these reforms are not homogeneous between EU states The concept neo liberalism is often disagreed in components such as central banks needed for monetarism, but hard to reconcile with minimal state intervention and implementation of shock therapy There were three group of neo liberalist economies neo liberal capitalist Baltic states , embedded neo liberal Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia , corporatist Slovenia That does not include Russia, Belarus, Ukraine This raises the question How precise is the concept I really enjoy the chapters on the economic transformations of East West Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Austria and the decline of Italy and Greece The author made it very clear that he is not fond of austerity and deviation from Keynesianism Some of the here and there notes Post war boom ended in 1970s US dollar came under strong pressure GB needed to be bailed out by IMF 1976, rising unemployment and spiraling national deficit fueled inflation Shifted from Keynesianism to Monetarism steering the economy by controlling money supply with central bank Happened most with western EU after the recovery Following election of Reagan and Thatcher, privatized of state enterprises, liberalized previously regulated sectors such as banks and stock exchange Rough neo liberalism German East implemented neo liberalism later than other countries Success of Poland came partly from bottom up social capital Like China, Viet Nam introduced market economy without privatization In contrast 1989, Poland allowed privatization because the government was in foreign debt, needed to sell off state industries and enterprises IMF and other domestic economists came in, modeled after Thatcher and Reagan, not social welfare of western countries In the mid 90s, European governments, 1st in East then the West, tended to hand over pension and health insurance to private sectors Effect the welfare state After the crisis, this trend stopped or even reversed Hungary, Slovakia, Poland I was going to be much harsher, but the top reviews at this moment are both very poorly done take downs, and I didn t want to pile on So, instead, I ll focus on what s good about the book I don t like this position Ther s book is important because so much European history is just the history of a small handful of generally successful countries France and Germany in the first rank, then the smaller western European nations, maybe a few paragraphs about Spain and Italy but certainly never I was going to be much harsher, but the top reviews at this moment are both very poorly done take downs, and I didn t want to pile on So, instead, I ll focus on what s good about the book I don t like this position Ther s book is important because so much European history is just the history of a small handful of generally successful countries France and Germany in the first rank, then the smaller western European nations, maybe a few paragraphs about Spain and Italy but certainly never anything east of Austria Ther s book is a course correction, given a ludicrous title that is sure to mislead people in any number of reasons Blame the press, not the author the German title, in my dreadful translation, was The New Order of the Old Continent A History of Neoliberal Europe That is precisely what the book is, provided you remember that only very recently has Western Europe become Europe in the Old Continent days, the imaginary center of Europe was much further East And this is a book about the effects of neoliberal policies creating markets, liberalizing the regulation of economic life, financialization of the economy, and so on , predominantly in Eastern Europe, though with good stuff on Germany and Austria and so on as well It is an argument, not a history it aims to draw up a fair scorecard for a series of policies that promised unending plenty and delivered well, not that The general claim, as I remember it neoliberal policies were imposed on Eastern European nations at and after 1989, with the support of Western European voters and governments following this test run the evidence was shouting Hey This was not a good idea , those same policies were then imposed on Western European states Those policies then, unsurprisingly, yielded the great financial crash see Tooze, Crashed and a variety of deeply illiberal governments Readers who prefer their history written in the blood of vanquished Communists might find this somehow questionable anyone who knows anything about post Communist Europe will nod along, sadly So, those reviewers who complain that this is just a screed against neoliberalism are not exactly wrong, but they re certainly being swayed by Cold War era certainties that Ther is at pains to avoid As in most good history, there are no heroes, but there were alternatives My original review was just going to be about how this was dry as dust and had no narrative momentum and, like far too many history books translated from German, is almost unreadable But hey, it s responsible and packed with data and apparently makes cold warriors angry, so I ve added an extra star If the title were Eastern Europe Since 1989 An Economic History then it would be a five star book The only flaw I can point from my southern european mindframe it s the superficial analysis of southern europe, particularly as these countries were at the center of Euro discussion for the last eight years However, given the author s origin and expertise this can be forgiven For a non social science scholar it s a very readable, engaging and overall interesting book It presents a what seem If the title were Eastern Europe Since 1989 An Economic History then it would be a five star book The only flaw I can point from my southern european mindframe it s the superficial analysis of southern europe, particularly as these countries were at the center of Euro discussion for the last eight years However, given the author s origin and expertise this can be forgiven For a non social science scholar it s a very readable, engaging and overall interesting book It presents a what seems to be a left from center view of economic and social development of the ex communist countries I would add this is a must needed departure from the mainstream rhetoric It goes in some detail for several countries and the connections it draws are illuminating Just be aware that this is not a comprehensive history book of the continent to is credit, besides the title, I don t think the author ever claim it Would most certainly recommend it to anyone interested in understanding this region present and recent past I listened to an audio version of this and was overwhelmed by the author s incessant barrage of economics numbers and his discursive narration style, constantly switching back and forth from one country to another and then back again I could discern no coherent theme, and essentially learned little about Europe since 1989 that I didn t already know, or at least suspect If you want to know about the history of Europe since the fall of communism and I still do you ll have to look elsewhere.If I listened to an audio version of this and was overwhelmed by the author s incessant barrage of economics numbers and his discursive narration style, constantly switching back and forth from one country to another and then back again I could discern no coherent theme, and essentially learned little about Europe since 1989 that I didn t already know, or at least suspect If you want to know about the history of Europe since the fall of communism and I still do you ll have to look elsewhere.If I knew an alternative I d name it, but sadly, I don t Myopic Emphasizes the successes and failures of neoliberalism in eastern, central, and southern Europe with little attention paid to anything else This subject could make a decent monograph, but it surely is not Europe Since 1989 A History. `READ PDF ↟ Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent ⇠ Als im Novemberdie Mauer fiel, begann ein Gro experiment kontinentalen Ausma es Die ehemaligen Staaten des Ostblocks wurden binnen kurzer Zeit auf eine neoliberale Ordnung getrimmt und dem Regime der Privatisierung und Liberalisierung unterworfen Philipp Ther war vor Ort, als die Menschen damals in Prag auf die Stra e gingen, sp ter lebte er mehrere Jahre in Tschechien, Polen und der Ukraine In diesem Buch legt er eine umfassende zeithistorische Analyse der neuen Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent vor und zwar erstmals in gesamteurop ischer Perspektive Angereichert durch pers nliche Erfahrungen, rekapituliert Ther den Verlauf der verhandelten Revolutionen Er zeigt, dass der Umbau der mittel und osteurop ischen konomien auch auf L nder im Westen zur ckwirkte, die Arbeitsmarktreformen der rot gr nen Bundesregierung interpretiert er z B als nachholende ModernisierungTher r umt mit einigen Mythen rund umauf und zieht eine Zwischenbilanz, die f r breite Diskussionen sorgen wird Was funktionierte besser radikale Schocktherapien oder schrittweise Reformen Welche Lehren lassen sich im Hinblick auf die gegenw rtige Krise der s deurop ischen L nder ziehen Und warum wurde Berlin wirtschaftlich von St dten wie Warschau oder Prag berholt Paths of Glory begann ein Gro experiment kontinentalen Ausma es Die ehemaligen Staaten des Ostblocks wurden binnen kurzer Zeit auf eine neoliberale Ordnung getrimmt und dem Regime der Privatisierung und Liberalisierung unterworfen Philipp Ther war vor Ort The Magic Barrel als die Menschen damals in Prag auf die Stra e gingen Affections sp ter lebte er mehrere Jahre in Tschechien The Lavalite World Polen und der Ukraine In diesem Buch legt er eine umfassende zeithistorische Analyse der neuen Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent vor und zwar erstmals in gesamteurop ischer Perspektive Angereichert durch pers nliche Erfahrungen Peter Tchaikovsky rekapituliert Ther den Verlauf der verhandelten Revolutionen Er zeigt बकुल कथा dass der Umbau der mittel und osteurop ischen konomien auch auf L nder im Westen zur ckwirkte De la mision a la teologia die Arbeitsmarktreformen der rot gr nen Bundesregierung interpretiert er z B als nachholende ModernisierungTher r umt mit einigen Mythen rund umauf und zieht eine Zwischenbilanz Revelations die f r breite Diskussionen sorgen wird Was funktionierte besser radikale Schocktherapien oder schrittweise Reformen Welche Lehren lassen sich im Hinblick auf die gegenw rtige Krise der s deurop ischen L nder ziehen Und warum wurde Berlin wirtschaftlich von St dten wie Warschau oder Prag berholt