1st Edition

Reflections on 1989 in Eastern Europe

ISBN 9781138945739
Published August 14, 2015 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents a selection of recent research on the events and developments of 1989 in Eastern Europe. It offers a mix of detailed examinations of the events of 1989 in Eastern Europe, thoughtful and considered appraisals of developments, and ‘middle-range’ theoretical discussions of patterns of cause and effect. The authors range in their approaches from detailed examinations of government and ruling-party papers from the archives, some of it originally labelled top secret, to personal observations and oral history based on interviews with participants, to analysis of survey data and official statistics. In their chosen focus the essays range from explorations of the emerging crisis in the communist regimes that led to the events of 1989, reflections and insights into the events and changing mood during 1989 itself, and examinations of some of the consequences and legacies of 1989.

This book was published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.

Table of Contents

1. 1989 and the Transformations in Eastern Europe  Terry Cox  2. The Demise of the Soviet Bloc  Mark Kramer  3. Welfare Dictatorship, the Working Class and the Change of Regimes in East Germany and Hungary  Eszter Bartha  4. New Life: The Poetics of Transition  George Szirtes  5. The Picnic on the Border: An Interview with László Vass  Terry Cox  6. Three Days in Bucharest: Making Sense of Romania’s Transitional Violence, 20 Years On  John Gledhill  7. A Post-Socialist Capitalism  Nigel Swain  8. After the Party, the After-Parties? The Effects of Communist Successor Parties on Economic Reform in Central and Eastern Europe  Aleksandra Sznajder Lee  9. Satisfied, Sceptical or Simply Indifferent? Current Public Opinion towards the Fall of Communism in the Czech Republic  Pat Lyons and Alžbĕta Bernardyová  10. Evaluating Transitions: Human Rights and Qualitative Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe  Brad K. Blitz

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Terry Cox is Professor of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Editor of the journal Europe-Asia Studies. His recent research has focused on the politics and sociology of post-communist transformations in East Central Europe, including work on civil society and the politics of interest representation.