The End and the Beginning


A state of the art reassessment of the significance and consequences of the events associated with the year 1989 and the demise of communist regimes.

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A state of the art reassessment of the significance and consequences of the events associated with the year 1989 and the demise of communist regimes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786155053658
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir Tismaneanu is professor of politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Post-communist Societies at University of Maryland (College Park).

Bogdan C. Iacob is Secretary of the Scientific Council at the Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of Exile in Romania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Rethinking 1989 Vladimir Tismaneanu 15

Part 1 Memories and Legacies of 1989

Purposes of the Past Gale Stokes 35

Twenty Years After 1989 Agnes Heller 55

Moderate Modernity and the Spirit of 1989 Karol Edward Soltan 69

People Power? Towards a Historical Explanation of 1989 Konrad H. Jarausch 109

Was 1989 the End of Social Democracy? Cornel Ban 127

Part 2 Moving Away from the Cold War

The Demise of the Soviet Bloc Mark Kramer 171

Gorbachev and the Road to 1989 Vladislav Zubok 257

Success Was Not an Orphan: The Battle of the Euromissiles in 1983 and the Events of 1989-1991 Jeffrey Herf 291

"No One is Afraid to Talk to Us Anymore." Radio Free Europe in 1989 A. Ross Johnson 313

Part 3 Eastern Europe in 1989

Revisiting the Nature and Legacies of the Ceausescu Regime Vladimir Tismaneanu Bogdan C. Iacob 331

Where Was the Serbian Havel? Nick Miller 363

Communism, the Experience of Light Electrification, and Legitimization in USSR and Romania before 1989 Catalin Avramescu 381

Buying Time: Consumption and Political Legitimization in Late Communist Czechoslovakia Bradley Abrams 399

The Second Hat: Romanian Media-Mass from Party Loudspeaker to the Voice of the Oligarchs Ioan T. Morar David Morar 423

Part 4 Aftermaths of Extraordinary Times

Totalitarian Discourse and Ceausescu's Loss of Words: Memorializing Rhetoric in 1989 Romania Noemi Marin 441

"A Spectre is Haunting Europe…": Dissidents, Intellectuals and a New Generation Marci Shore 465

Memory, Justice and Democratization in Post-Communism Lavinia Stan 495

Transitional Justice and the Politicization of Memory in Post-1989 Europe A. James McAdams 509

Incredible Voyage: Romania's Communist Heirs Adapt and Survive After 1989 Tom Gallagher 521

In the Footsteps of 1989: Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" as a Carnival of Anti-politics Peter Voitsekhovsk 543

Conclusion: Shades of Gray: Revisiting the Meanings of 1989 Jeffrey C. Isaac 559

List of Contributors 579

Index 587

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