Poli 212 Reading Notes
Bunce and Pipes: The contrast between East and West.
o The 2 Europes
o It emerged historically and continues to impact politically.
o Both authors note the consequence of the difference of the 2 Europes: weak,
liberalized dictatorship and assertive autonomous society.
o Historical: 3 empires (Russian, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian) the last two fell and
Austria and Turkey were created around the core metropole of these empires.
Otherwise they were split into many small states that emerged in the inter-war
o WEST: Pluralism, stable and isolated (history), break at the fall of Rome, Rise of
the State, civil society, political society democracy, ethnolingistic.
o EAST: Uniformity, war, changes in institution and belief system, mix in
population, changes in jurisdiction= unstable, too many influences, after the fall
of Rome= continuity. Rise of nation= rise of political society= capitalism.
o DIFFERENCES: dev. And influences, diff. access to the East, after the fall of Rome
and diff. dev. In socio economic.
o The Russian empire: political revolution= socialist revolution= reorganize the
east political and economical life along the quasi-imperial lines.
o No more distinction between the interstate anarchy and th