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The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe

From Communism to Pluralism

Edited by Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe

The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9998-4
    • Pages: 304
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    • Published Date: March 2016

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    This important book reassesses a defining historical, political and ideological moment in contemporary history: the 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the authors reconsider such crucial themes as the broader historical significance of the 1989 events, the complex interaction between external and internal factors in the origins and outcomes of the revolutions, the impact of the 'Gorbachev phenomenon', the West and the end of the Cold War, the political and socio-economic determinants of the revolutionary processes in Poland, Hungary, the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, and the competing academic, cultural and ideological perceptions of the year 1989 as communism gave way to post-communist pluralism in the 1990s and beyond. Concluding that the contentious term 'revolution' is indeed apt for the momentous developments in eastern Europe in 1989, this book will be essential reading for undergraduates, postgraduates and specialists alike.

    Reviews

    "this volume is rich in both theoretical insights and empirical detail"

    (Anna Grzymala-Busse, Slavonic and East European Review Volume 92, no.2 April 2014), Anna Grzymala-Busse, Department of Political Science University of Michigan, Slavonic and East European Review Volume 92, no.2, 1 April 2014

    Contents

    Timeline - Eastern Europe, 1945-91
    Leaders of East European and Soviet communist parties, 1945-91
    East European communist parties and their post-communist successors
    1.The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe: origins, processes, outcomes - Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe
    Part I. The historical longue durée
    2. Echoes and precedents: 1989 in historical perspective - Robin Okey
    Part II. The Gorbachev factor
    3. The multifaceted external Soviet role in processes towards unanticipated revolutions - Mary Buckley
    4. 'When your neighbour changes his wallpaper': the 'Gorbachev factor' and the collapse of the German Democratic Republic- Peter Grieder
    Part III. The East European revolutions: internal and external perspectives
    5. The demise of communism in Poland: a staged evolution or failed revolution? - Tom Junes
    6. The international context of Hungarian transition, 1989: the view from Budapest - Lászl? Borhi
    7. The demise of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, 1987-89: a socio-economic perspective - Michal Pullmann
    8. Discourse and power: the FSN and the mythologisation of the Romanian revolution - Kevin Adamson and Sergiu Florean
    9. A revolution in two stages: the curiosity of the Bulgarian case - Elena Simeonova
    Part IV. Then and now: continuity and change in the academic and cultural perceptions of the communist era and its aftermath
    10. A hopeless case of optimism? Jürgen Kuczynski and the end of the GDR - Matthew Stibbe
    11. Meanings of 1989: right-wing discourses in post-communist Poland - Artur Lipinski
    12. From the 'thirst for change' and 'hunger for truth' to a 'revolution that hardly happened': public protests and reconstructions of the past in Bulgaria in the 1990s - Nikolai Vukov
    13. Afterword: the discursive constitution of revolution and revolution envy - James Krapfl
    Select bibliography
    Index

    Editors

    Kevin McDermott is Senior Lecturer in Political History at Sheffield Hallam University

    Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University

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    Edited by Kevin McDermott, Matthew Stibbe

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