The Defence Industry in East-Central Europe: Restructuring and Conversion

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byYudit Kiss

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In 1989-90 the collapse of state socialism and the end of the Cold War brought dramatic changes for the defence industries of East-Central Europe. Initially it seemed that the resources devoted to the Cold War confrontation might become available for investment in non-military economic andsocial progress. However, by 1994 this optimism had given way to recognition that the transformation would involve significant costs and could not be accomplished quickly. The Defence Industry in East-Central Europe charts the development of the industries of the Visegrad countries - Czechoslovakia and its successor states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia; Poland; and Hungary. In the first part, national case studies underline the different approaches to reformadopted in the individual countries. The second part uses unique information derived from extensive interviews at enterprises in each of the four countries to examine the transformation of industry from a producer perspective.

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In 1989-90 the collapse of state socialism and the end of the Cold War brought dramatic changes for the defence industries of East-Central Europe. Initially it seemed that the resources devoted to the Cold War confrontation might become available for investment in non-military economic andsocial progress. However, by 1994 this optimis...

Yudit Kiss is the former Consultant to the UN World Institute for Development and Economic Research (UN WIDER).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Highly descriptive, it provide good background information for historians, security theorists and comparativists alike ... What makes this book a 'pioneer' attempt is the research approach ... the methodological approach and the spelling-out of statistical difficulties is an importantscholarly finding ... the book is an eye-opener and invitesa serious reality-check.'Georgeta V. Pourchot, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, in European Security, Vol 7, no 3, Autumn 1998.