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Vladimir Tismaneanu, Bogdan C. Iacob (eds.) (2014)

The End and the Beginning. The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History

Wydawnictwo Central European University Press
Miejsce wydania Budapest
Język Angielski

ISBN: 978-615-5053-65-8

A fresh interpretation of the contexts, meanings, and consequences of the revolutions of 1989, coupled with state of the art reassessment of the significance and consequences of the events associated with the demise of communist regimes. The book provides an analysis that takes into account the complexities of the Soviet bloc, the events' impact upon Europe, and their re-interpretation within a larger global context. Departs from static ways of analysis (events and their significance) bringing forth approaches that deal with both pre-1989 developments and the 1989 context itself, while extensively discussing the ways of resituating 1989 in the larger context of the 20th century and of its lessons for the 21st.

Emphasizes the possibility for re-thinking and re-visiting the filters and means that scholars use to interpret such turning point. The editors perceive the present project as a challenge to existing readings on the complex set of issues and topics presupposed by a re-evaluation of 1989 as a symbol of the change and transition from authoritarianism to democracy.


Introduction: Preliminaries, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Rethinking 1989 Part One: Memories and Legacies of 1989 Gale Stokes, Purposes of the Past Agnes Heller, Twenty Years After 1989 Karol Edward Sołtan, Moderate Modernity and the Spirit of 1989 Konrad H. Jarausch, People Power? Towards a Historical Explanation of 1989 Cornel Ban, Was 1989 the End of Social Democracy? Part Two: Moving Away from the Cold War Mark Kramer, The Demise of the Soviet Bloc Vladislav Zubok, Gorbachev and the Road to 1989 Jeffrey Herf, Success Was Not an Orphan: The Battle of the Euromissiles in 1983 and the Events of 1989 to 1991 A. Ross Johnson, “No One is Afraid to Talk to Us Anymore". Radio Free Europe in 1989 Part Three: Eastern Europe in 1989 Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan Iacob, Communism and Nationalism before and after 1989 Nick Miller, Where Was the Serbian Havel? Cătălin Avramescu,Communism and the Experience of Light Electrification and Legitimization in USSR and Romania before 1989 Bradley Abrams, Buying Time: Consumption and Political Legitimization in Late-Communist Czechoslovakia Ioan T. Morar and David Morar, The Second Hat: Romanian Mass Media from Party Loudspeaker to the Voice of the Oligarchs Part Four: Aftermaths of Extraordinary Times Noemi Marin,Totalitarian Discourse and Ceaucescu's Loss of Words: Memorializing Rhetoric in 1989 Romania Marci Shore, “A Spectre is Haunting Europe. . .": Dissidents, Intellectuals and a New Generation Lavinia Stan, Memory, Justice and Democratization in Post-Communism A. James McAdams, Transitional Justice and the Politicization of Memory in post-1989 Europe Tom Gallagher, Incredible Voyage: Romania's Communist Speculators Adapt and Survive After 1989 Peter Voitsekhovsky, In the Footsteps of 1989: Ukraine's Orange Revolution as a Carnival of Anti-Politics Conclusion: Jeffrey C. Isaac, Shades of Gray: Revisiting the Meanings of 1989

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