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Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II
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Here is the first biography to appear in fifty years of Harvey Cushing, a giant of American medicine and without doubt the greatest figure in the history of brain surgery.
Drawing on new collections of intimate personal and family papers, diaries and patient records, Michael Bliss captures Cushing's professional and his personal life in remarkable detail. Bliss paints an engaging portrait of a man of ambition, boundless, driving energy, a fanatical work ethic, a
penchant for self-promotion and ruthlessness, more than a touch of egotism and meanness, and an enormous appetite for life. Equally important, Bliss traces the rise of American surgery as seen through the eyes of one of its pioneers. The book describes how Cushing, working in the early years of the
20th century, developed remarkable new techniques that let surgeons open the skull, expose the brain, and attack tumors--all with a much higher rate of success than previously known. Indeed, Cushing made the miraculous in surgery an everyday event, as he and his team compiled an astonishing record
of treating more than two thousand tumors. Moreover, Cushing was also a leading authority on the pituitary gland and a pioneer of endocrinology. And in his spare time, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his massive two-volume biography of William Osler, who was Cushing's colleague.
This is the definite Cushing biography, an epic narrative of high surgical adventure. Written by a prize-winning medical historian and acclaimed author, it captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life, illuminating the contributions of a surgeon who has earned an enduring place in the
pantheon of medical history.
Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on East Central Europe, Return to Diversity has proven to be an invaluable guide for readers of modern European history and politics. This third edition introduces a new co-author, Nancy M. Wingfield, and has been fully updated to take into account recent and ongoing developments in the region.
Now updated to cover events since 1989, this highly acclaimed text offers a complete political history of East Central Europe from World War II to the present by one of the world's foremost authorities on the area. The second edition includes an account and analysis of the collapse of communist regimes throughout the region, addressing each country's transformation and approach toward post-communist government. Extensive sections address the triumph and breakup of Poland's Solidarity, ethnic discord in Czechoslovakia, the rise of coalition government in Hungary, the calculated retreat of Albania's communist regime, the ousting of old-line leaders in Bulgaria and Romania, and the war in Yugoslavia. A new epilogue considers how far the heirs of East Central Europe have come and warns of dilemmas and complications that may arise in the near future. Unsurpassed in scope, in depth of analysis, and in fairness and objectivity, Return to Diversity is an invaluable resource for students of this region's history and politics.
Since the death of Stalin, the supposedly monolithic character of the Socialist states of East Central Europe has been subjected to serious and major challenges: from Yugoslavia in the late 1940s, from East Germany, Poland, and Hungary in the '50s, from Albania, Romania, and Czechoslovakia in the '60s, from Poland in the '70s and early '80s. Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on East Central Europe, this informative study examines these challenges and their consequences in all their complexity, providing an extensive political history of the area from World War II to the present.
A sequel to Rothschild's highly acclaimed East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars, this volume provides an insightful discussion of the Solidarity movement in Poland, a lucid analysis of Titoism in Yugoslavia, and a thorough review of Soviet policy toward the area under all leaders since World War II. In addition, Rothschild examines acute or impending crises in countries such as Poland and Romania and assesses the problems that Gorbachev faces in managing the increasingly restive Soviet bloc nations.
Unsurpassed in scope, in depth of analysis, and in fairness and objectivity, Return to Diversity is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this vital bloc of nations.
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