For many Eastern European countries, the transition from communism to capitalism was associated with profound transformation processes. In his article „Lie and Practice before 1989“, Krassen Stanchev reconstructs the different narratives preceding the breakdown of the Eastern Bloc.

„[…] One paradox of the post-1989 world is how little we think on certain dimensions of the changes that communism’s demise wrought: Eastern European success is colossal and yet seldom remarked upon. And the communist destruction was of gigantic proportions as well.


We in the post-communist nations were not promised a transition to an opulent paradise. The thinking concerning economic transition centered on a return to normality. The core foundation of the quest for a new normal in economics, however, centered on the conviction that the old regime was anti-human. […]“

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