Gregorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson, (eds.) Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (2003)

Key point: looks at the tension between the concept of historical legacies and the obvious fact that the uniformity of Communist rule was replaced very quickly by diversity: how can legacy account for diversity? The authors seek to rescue the concept of legacy in three ways: first, by pointing to the impact of diverse pre-Communist legacies as influences in post-Communist polities; second, by reminding us of the diversity within the post-war Communist world – what might have been uniformity before 1945 was never so uniform after 1945 and became ever more diverse from 1956 onwards; and third, by pointing out that political and cultural legacies are just like family legacies – resources to be used, refused or squandered by later generations.