Part 1 Looking back: Stalin and socialism in one region: strange bedfellows, satellization, early problems, Sovietization, what did Stalin achieve?-- from Khruschchev to Chernenko - an overview: post-Stalin Soviet concerns, recasting policy toward Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia and National Communism-- crises in the bloc - Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland (1956-81)-- from Khrushchev to Chernenko - what changes? what didn't.
Part 2 The era of reform, 1985-88: political relations - the early Gorbachev era - cure or relief?, the gradual demise of the "Brezhnev Doctrine", the institutional framework, the ties they are a-changin', summing up-- economic relations - the elusive concept of socialism, the urgency of change, the economics and politics of trade, why CMEA does not work, summing up and looking ahead-- military relations - defense against whom?, the East European militaries, causes of tension in military relations, Gorbachev's choices, courting trouble.
Part 3 The era of revolutionary change, since
1988: Moscow retreats - from reform to revolution, from Poland to Romania, summing up-- the brave new world of Eastern Europe - the Soviet factor, East European prospects, Western concerns. Appendix: a Soviet view of Eastern Europe sources and suggestions for further reading.