Area Handbook Series: Belarus and Moldova. Country Studies.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC FEDERAL RESEARCH DIV
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At the end of 1991, the formal liquidation of the Soviet Union was the surprisingly swift result of partially hidden decrepitude and centrifugal forces within that empire. Of the fifteen new states that emerged from the process, many had been independent political entities at some time in the past. Aside from their coverage in the 1991 Soviet Union A Country Study, none had received individual treatment in this series, however. Belarus and Moldova Country Studies is the second in a new subseries describing the fifteen post-Soviet republics, both as they existed before and during the Soviet era and as they have developed since 1991. This volume covers Belarus and Moldova, two nations on the western border of what was once the Soviet Union. The marked relaxation of information restrictions, which began in the late 1980s and accelerated after 1991, allows the reporting of extensive data on every aspect of life in the two countries. Scholarly articles and periodical reports have been especially helpful in accounting for the years of independence in the 1990s. The authors have described the historical, political, and social backgrounds of the countries as the background for their current portraits. However, in general, both Belarus and Moldova especially the former have been written about to a lesser extent than other former Soviet republics. In each case, the authors goal in this book was to provide a compact, accessible, and objective treatment of five main topics historical setting, the society and its environment, the economy, government and politics, and national security.
- Government and Political Science