The Burdens of Freedom
Eastern Europe Since 1989
By (author) Padraic Kenney
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Burdens of Freedom by Padraic Kenney
Book DescriptionFrom Estonia to Macedonia, this book is a history of 15 countries as they negotiate their transition from communism. For some, the story ends happily, with triumphant entry into the European Union in 2004.Others are caught in limbo, destroyed by nationalist politics, war and genocide, or crippled by corrupt political practices. The Burdens of Freedom considers the effects of revolutionary change, the resurgence of nationalism and the painful examination of the past. It looks at the process of building stable democratic states, and their integration with international structures. Most of the countries have established admission to the EU as a national objective; but many of them have also been active participants in the American-led occupation of Iraq. Domestically, each has seen a divide emerge between winners and losers. All are moving forward simultaneously to democracy, unity and prosperity, but also to national division and economic disparity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842776636
(216mm x 135mm x 135mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Padraic Kenney
Rebuilding Poland, Paperback (April 2012)
The first book to examine the communist takeover in Poland from the bottom up, and the first to use archives opened in 1989, Rebuilding Poland provides a radically new interpretation of the communist experience. Padraic Kenney argues that the postwar...
1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End, Paperback (March 2010)
A series of democratic transformations in the 1980s ended the cold war. This volume uses six case studies from the period - Poland, the Philippines, Chile, South Africa, Ukraine and China - to explore common characteristics of political change and the differing strategies and views of those who sought to free themselves from dictatorship.
Partisan Histories, Paperback (June 2005)
Partisan Histories is an introduction to the multiple uses of history in contemporary political debate and conflict. As communities reimagine themselves, a contest over defining legitimacy, identifying us and others, and jockeying for political control intersects with fights over history and memory.
Carnival of Revolution, Paperback (August 2003)» View all books by Padraic Kenney
A history of the revolutions that toppled communism in Europe, this work looks behind the scenes at the grassroots movements that made those revolutions happen. It looks for answers not in the salons of power brokers and famed intellectuals, not in decrepit economies - but in the whirlwind of activity that stirred so crucially, on the street.
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Author Biography - Padraic Kenney
Padraic Kenney divides his time between Wroclaw, Poland and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is professor of history. He is the author of several books on Eastern European history and politics, including A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989 (2002).
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