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Eastern Europe's Social Science Renaissance

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Science  12 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5408, pp. 1620-1622
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5408.1620

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A decade after seizing control of their destinies, the former East Bloc countries are struggling to emerge from an intellectual dark age for the social sciences--disciplines that were once subjugated to serve the state. With massive help from foundations in the West, new social science institutions are sprouting. Indeed, eastern European social scientists have no more rewarding subjects for study than themselves as the area undergoes an unprecedented social and economic transformation. But economic turmoil and tenured faculty members who are resistant to change remain obstacles to reform.