Revolution and Resistance in Eastern Europe: Challenges to Communist Rule

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The history of Eastern Europe during the Cold War is one punctuated by protest and rebellion. Revolution and Resistane in Easter Europe covers these flashpoints from the Stalin-Tito split of 1948 to the dramatic collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Covering East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and Romania, the authors provide comprehensive critical analysis of the varying forms of dissent in the East European socialist states. They take a comparative ...

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Overview

The history of Eastern Europe during the Cold War is one punctuated by protest and rebellion. Revolution and Resistane in Easter Europe covers these flashpoints from the Stalin-Tito split of 1948 to the dramatic collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Covering East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and Romania, the authors provide comprehensive critical analysis of the varying forms of dissent in the East European socialist states. They take a comparative approach and show how the different movements affected one another. Incorporating archival material only accessible since 1989, they discuss issues such as the diverse manifestations of non-conformity among different strata of the population, the complex relationship between Moscow and the national Communist Parties, the looseing of Soviet control after 1985, and everyday resistance to state authority.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845202583
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin McDermott is a Senior Lecturer in the history department of Sheffield Hallam University. Matthew Stibbe is a Lecturer in the history department of Sheffield Hallam University.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     v
List of Abbreviations and Glossary of Terms     vii
List of Archives and Archival Abbreviations     ix
Notes on Contributors     xi
Foreword   Professor Pavel Seifter     xiii
Revolution and Resistance in Eastern Europe: An Overview   Kevin McDermott   Matthew Stibbe     1
Part I
The Soviet-Yugoslav Split   Leonid Gibianskii     17
The SED, German Communism and the June 1953 Uprising: New Trends and New Research   Matthew Stibbe     37
Poland and Hungary, 1956: A Comparative Essay Based on New Archival Findings   Johanna Granville     57
Part II
Romania, 1945-89: Resistance, Protest and Dissent   Dennis Deletant     81
The Prague Spring: From Elite Liberalisation to Mass Movement   Kieran Williams     101
Solidarity, 1980-1: The Second Vistula Miracle?   Bartosz Kaliski     119
Part III
Negotiated Revolution in Poland and Hungary, 1989   Nigel Swain     139
'To Learn from the Soviet Union is to Learn How to Win': The East German Revolution, 1989-90   Peter Grieder     157
Revolution and Revolt against Revolution: Czechoslovakia, 1989   James Krapfl     175
Afterword:East or West?   Tony Kemp-Welch     195
Index     205
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