The momentous events of 1989-91 in Eastern Europe changed world politics and challenged the West to reconsider its attitude to the former Warsaw Pact countries. With the end of Communism as a political force the mutual hostilities of the Cold War era were finally effaced. Eastern Europe since 1970 examines the last three decades of East European history, including: attempts at social and economic modernisation; how far the Soviet model absorbed historical and cultural traditions; the effect of Western ideology on Eastern Europe The account charts the Brezhnev era, pressure for reform and economic crisis, Gorbachev and the snowball effect of change, and the difficulties of transition up to the tragedy of Yugoslavia. A range of primary documents supplement the text, together with features including a chronology, glossary and Who's Who section. BULENT GOKAY is Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University.