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Description - The Fall by Steven Saxonberg

This is an examination of one of the 20th century's historical puzzles: why did the communist-led regimes in Eastern Europe collapse so quickly and why was the process of collapse so different from country to country? This study explains why the impetus for change in Poland and Hungary came from the regimes themselves, while in Czechoslovakia and East Germany it was mass movements which led to the downfall of the regimes. This book uses empirical material and the author draws on his interviews with many of the most important participants in the events of 1989. At the same time, it makes a theoretical contribution. Conventional opinion is opened to scrutiny on issues such as the role of Gorbachev and the influence of civil society. In addition, the book develops a critique of the two main traditions of research on political change: those of transition and revolution. Here Saxonberg develops a model which incorporates the fruits of both these paradigms and compares the similarities and differences in the democratic transitions of these communist regimes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789058230973
ISBN-10: 905823097X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Harwood Academic Publishers,The Netherlands
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: Netherlands

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