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The End and the Beginning

The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History

Edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan C. Iacob

Publication Year: 2012

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.

Published by: Central European University Press

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pp. 1-3

Title page

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p. 4-4

Copyright page

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Table of Contents

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pp. 6-9

Introduction

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pp. 10-23

Vladimir Tismaneanu: Rethinking 1989

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pp. 24-41

Part One MEMORIES AND LEGACIES OF 1989

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pp. 42-43

Gale Stokes: Purposes of the Past

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pp. 44-63

Agnes Heller: Twenty Years After 1989

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pp. 64-77

Karol Edward Sołtan: Moderate Modernity and the Spirit of 1989

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pp. 78-117

Konrad H. Jarausch: People Power? Towards a Historical Explanation of 1989

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pp. 118-135

Cornel Ban: Was 1989 the End of Social Democracy?

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pp. 136-177

Part Two MOVING AWAY FROM THE COLD WAR

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pp. 178-179

Mark Kramer: The Demise of the Soviet Bloc

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pp. 180-265

Vladislav Zubok: Gorbachev and the Road to 1989

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pp. 266-299

Jeffrey Herf: Success Was Not an Orphan: The Battle of the Euromissiles in 1983 and the Events of 1989–1991

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pp. 300-321

A. Ross Johnson: “No One is Afraid to Talk to Us Anymore.” Radio FreeEurope in 1989

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pp. 322-337

Part Three: EASTERN EUROPE IN 1989

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pp. 338-339

Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan C. Iacob: Revisiting the Nature and Legacies of the Ceauşescu Regime

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pp. 340-371

Nick Miller: Where Was the Serbian Havel?

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pp. 372-389

Cătălin Avramescu: Communism, the Experience of Light Electrification, and Legitimization in USSR and Romania before 1989

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pp. 390-407

Bradley Abrams: Buying Time: Consumption and Political Legitimization in Late Communist Czechoslovakia

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pp. 408-430

Ioan T. Morar and David Morar: The Second Hat: Romanian Media-Mass from Party Loudspeaker to the Voice of the Oligarchs

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pp. 431-446

Part Four AFTERMATHS OF EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

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pp. 447-448

Noemi Marin: Totalitarian Discourse and Ceauşescu’s Loss of Words: Memorializing Rhetoric in 1989 Romania

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pp. 449-472

Marci Shore:“A Spectre is Haunting Europe. . .”: Dissidents, Intellectuals and a New Generation

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pp. 473-502

Lavinia Stan: Memory, Justice and Democratization in Post-Communism

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pp. 503-516

A. James McAdams: Transitional Justice and the Politicization of Memory in Post-1989 Europe

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pp. 517-528

Tom Gallagher: Incredible Voyage: Romania’s Communist Heirs Adapt and Survive After 1989

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pp. 529-550

Peter Voitsekhovsky: In the Footsteps of 1989: Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” as a Carnival of Anti-politics

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pp. 551-566

Jeffrey C. Isaac: Conclusion: Shades of Gray: Revisiting the Meanings of 1989

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pp. 567-586

List of Contributors

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pp. 587-594

Index

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pp. 595-602

Back cover

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p. 603-603


E-ISBN-13: 9786155053672
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155053658

Page Count: 602
Publication Year: 2012

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  • Revolutions -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century -- Congresses.
  • Revolutions -- Communist countries -- History -- 20th century -- Congresses.
  • Romania -- History -- Revolution, 1989 -- Congresses.
  • Europe, Eastern -- History -- 1989- -- Congresses.
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