Uncivil society

1989 and the implosion of the communist establishment

By Kotkin, Stephen & Gross, Jan Tomasz

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978-0-67964-276-3
Publisher
New York : Modern Library, 2009.


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Reviewed on October 19, 2009

Kotkin (modern & contemporary history, Princeton; Armageddon Averted) and Gross (war & society, Princeton; Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz) hone in on the uprisings in East Germany, Poland, and Romania after the end of communism. They assert that it was "uncivil society" (i.e., Communist Party officials) that caused Soviet-style socialism to fall apart rather than the unorganized opposition ("civil society," i.e., those following the rule of law), although it's the opposition that's often the center of attention in studying 1989. Uncivil society's many missteps caused a "political bank run" and ultimately introduced democracy and capitalism to the Eastern bloc nations, a largely peaceful revolution. This is a scholarly work, yet it willAsurely attract a wide variety of readers, from university students to general readers interested in this topic.-Beth Johns, Saginaw Valley State Univ., University Center, MI Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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