The empire strikes back: the evolution of the Eastern bloc from a Soviet asset to a Soviet liability

  title={The empire strikes back: the evolution of the Eastern bloc from a Soviet asset to a Soviet liability},
  author={Valerie Sharon L Bunce},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={1 - 46}
  • V. Bunce
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Economics
  • International Organization
The structure of the Soviet bloc would appear to be ideal for the maximization of Soviet domestic and foreign interests. The actual ledger of Soviet gains and losses from control over Eastern Europe, however, reveals a different picture. Over the postwar period Eastern European contributions to Soviet national security, economic growth, and domestic stability have declined. This decline in the value of empire to the Soviets is a function of three factors. The first is growing regime-society… 
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