A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989 / Edition 1

A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989 / Edition 1

by Padraic Kenney
     
 

"Marvelously written, this book gives a strong sense of what it must have felt like to participate in various anticommunist movements in the mid- and late 1980s in Eastern Europe. The stories are well told, with great authority and a deep understanding of many of the complexities actors had to face."—kos Rna-Tas, University of California San

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"Marvelously written, this book gives a strong sense of what it must have felt like to participate in various anticommunist movements in the mid- and late 1980s in Eastern Europe. The stories are well told, with great authority and a deep understanding of many of the complexities actors had to face."—kos Rna-Tas, University of California San Diego

"This is a pathbreaking, indispensable book for grasping the complexities of both the pre-1989 and post-revolutionary situation in central Europe. Truly pioneering in both scope and depth, it offers a comprehensive, unconventional, and gripping perspective on the motivations of political mobilization and anti-authoritarian activism. I read it with immense interest and pleasure."—Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland, author of Fantasies of Salvation

"Padraic Kenney is the first scholar to draw a historical map of the secret reunification of Europe 'from below' that occurred well before the 1989 revolutions brought the results of that job to the surface. This job was accomplished by activists from both communist Central Europe and the West, all of them 'dissidents' at the time in their own societies. Thanks to Kenney's sensitivity to the decidedly 'American' ideas of the founding fathers of the post-1989 new democracies and thanks also to his knowledge of the field, which is unsurpassed by any European researcher, A Carnival of Revolution is a key contribution to the saga of the Central European civil rights movements."—Mikls Haraszti, author of Velvet Prison, founding member of Hungary's Democratic Opposition in the 1970s and 1980s, member of the Hungarian Parliament from 1990-1994

"With a profound first-hand knowledge of participants, encompassing linguistic competence, and engaging prose, Padraic Kenney recreates the simultaneously serious and playful currents of East Europe's overthrow of repressive state socialism. What an invaluable guide to the elusive exhilaration that motivated the actors and captivated all of us who followed the transformation with such hope! We can appreciate neither the ebullience of 1989 nor the disappointment with the quotidian reality that followed without understanding Kenney's 'carnival.'"—Charles S. Maier, Harvard University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116273
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Street Theater, Concrete Poetry 1
PART ONE: ACTORS, STAGES, REPERTOIRES 21
CHAPTER ONE: Eating the Crocodile with a Spoon, or, A Career Guide to the Underground 23
The Amnesty Trap
Political Charity
Church and Opposition
The Workers' Dilemma
Vents or Accumulators?
CHAPTER TWO: Come With Us! They Aren't Beating Today! The Art of the Blizzard 57
The Ballad of Marek Adamkiewicz
Conservative Pacism, Anarchist Nationalism
Ideals and Instruments
"Radiators" across the Bloc
Zarnobyl
The Blue and the Green
Bratislava Speaks Up
"I'd Rather Live"
In the Future Tense
CHAPTER THREE: As If in Europe: The International World of Peace and Human Rights 91
Reticence and Revolutionary Tourism
Dialogue for an Endangered
Continent
Helsinki from Below
On the Friendship Trail
Borders Fall in East Germany
Coventry Cathedral and the Church on Zytnia Street
CHAPTER FOUR: The New Politics of the Konkretny Generation 121
A Shy Little Wave for Gorbachev
The Lion Cubs of Western Ukraine
Slovenia's People for Peace Culture
Hungarian Orange Appeal
Towards an Opposition in Prague
Workers of the Last Hour
CHAPTER FIVE: How the Smurfs Captured Gargamel, or, A Revolution of Style 157
The Elfn Rebellion
Hippies in the Holy Garden
The Young Subversive's Handbook
Gloom in Krak¢w
Pietia's Crusade
Pornoslavia
God, King, and Country in Bohemia
To Become a Smurf
PHOTOESSAY: PHOTOGRAPHING THE CARNIVAL 195
PART TWO: A REVOLUTION IN SIXTEEN SCENES 213
Scene One: "Blink, and I See Another World": The Candlelight March 215
Scene Two: A Tale of TwoLenins 217
Scene Three: Slovene Spring 225
Scene Four: Days That Shook Lviv 229
Scene Five: Strikes in Shades of Orange 233
Scene Six: An Invasion Remembered 238
Scene Seven: WaterDam/ned: Hungary Defends the Danube 241
Scene Eight: Independence Day and Palach Week 244
Scene Nine: Encircling the Round Table 249
Scene Ten: Mothers and Children 254
Scene Eleven: On the Fourth of June 257
Scene Twelve: Hungarians Bury the Communists 261
Scene Thirteen: Korzos and Road Races 265
Scene Fourteen: Lviv Passes the Baton 269
Scene Fifteen: The Mosquito and the Messedemos 274
Scene Sixteen: Bring a Flower with You! The Velvet Revolution 280
EPILOGUE: No More Picnics, After the Revolution 293
Jacob's Retreat
Remembering 1989
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 307
NOTES 311
SOURCES 323
INDEX 331

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