There Is No Freedom Without Bread!: 1989 and the Civil War That Brought down Communism / Edition 1

There Is No Freedom Without Bread!: 1989 and the Civil War That Brought down Communism / Edition 1

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by Constantine Pleshakov
     
 

The Conventional Story of the End of the Cold War is simple: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent his opponent, and forced Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

In There Is No Freedom Without Bread!, Russian-born historian Constantine Pleshakov proposes a different interpretation. The revolutions that took place in 1989

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Overview

The Conventional Story of the End of the Cold War is simple: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent his opponent, and forced Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

In There Is No Freedom Without Bread!, Russian-born historian Constantine Pleshakov proposes a different interpretation. The revolutions that took place in 1989 were the result of politicking, tensions between Moscow and local governments, compromise between revolutionary leaders and communist old-timers, and the will and anger of the people. In a dramatic narrative culminating in that whirlwind year, Pleshakov challenges the received wisdom and argues that 1989 was as much about national civil wars and internal struggles for power as it was about Eastern Éuropeans throwing off the yoke of Moscow.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312655334
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Part 1 1942-1979

1 War Brings License: 1942-48 11

2 Communism Rises: 1949-77 40

3 The Pope Arms 150 Divisions: 1978-79 76

Part 2 1980-1988

4 The Working Class Strikes: 1980-81 103

5 The Revolution Winters: 1982-88 124

Part 3 1989

6 The "Polish Disease" Spreads: June-September 163

7 The Wall Opens Up; the Magic Theater Raises the Curtain: October-November 185

8 Gorbachev Stumbles, Ceausescu Falls: December 208

Epilogue 231

Notes 239

Bibliography 265

Acknowledgments 273

Index 275

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