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The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism [Paperback]

By George Weigel (Author)
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The collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe--the Revolution of 1989--was a singularly stunning event in a century already known for the unexpected. How did people divided for two generations by an Iron Curtain come so suddenly to dance together atop the Berlin Wall? Why did people who had once seemed resigned to their fate suddenly take their future into their own hands? Some analysts have explained the Revolution in economic terms, arguing that the Warsaw Pact countries could no longer compete with the West. But as George Weigel argues in this thought-provoking volume, people don't put their lives, and their children's futures, in harm's way simply for better cars, refrigerators, and TVs. Something else--something more--had to happen behind the iron curtain before the Wall came tumbling down.
In The Final Revolution, Weigel argues that that "something" was a revolution of conscience. The human turn to the good, to the truly human, and, ultimately, to God, was the key to the political Revolution of 1989. Weigel provides an in-depth exploration of how the Catholic Church shaped the moral revolution inside the political revolution. Drawing on extensive interviews with key leaders of the human rights and resistance movements, he opens a unique window into the soul of the Revolution and into the hearts and minds of those who shaped this stirring vindication of the human spirit. Weigel also examines the central role played by Pope John Paul II in confronting what Vaclav Havel called communism's "culture of the lie," and he suggests what the future role of the Church might be in consolidating democracy in the countries of the old Warsaw Pact.
The "final revolution" is not the end of history, Weigel concludes. It is the human quest for a freedom that truly satisfies the deepest yearnings of the human heart. The Final Revolution illustrates how that quest changed the face of the twentieth century and redefined world politics in the year of miracles, 1989.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.36" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.91 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2004
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195166647  
ISBN13  9780195166644  

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More About George Weigel

George Weigel George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and one of America s leading public intellectuals, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. Weigel was educated at St. Mary s Seminary College in Baltimore and at the University of St. Michael s College in Toronto. He has been an assistant professor of theology at St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore, a scholar-in-residence at the World Without War Council of Greater Seattle, and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. From 1989 until 1996, Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The author of numerous books on Catholicism and faith, Weigel lives with his wife in North Bethesda, Maryland.

George Weigel currently resides in Bethesda, in the state of Maryland. George Weigel was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC the Ethics and Public.

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A thorough, fascinating, scholarly book, easy to read.  Jan 29, 1996
This book tells the fascinating story of the role of the church, particularly the Roman Catholic church, in the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This subject has received precious little coverage in the popular press, but cannot be ignored by serious students of history. The author takes the position that it was neither Mikhail Gorbachev, nor Ronald Reagan alone that did it (brought down the Yalta imperial system), but the undeniable and inexorable faith of many Christians throughout Europe. The collapse of Communism had its roots in the early work of Pope Pius, Pope John XXIII, Paul VI and finally the Polish pastor/dramatist/linguist Karol Woytyla, who became Pope John Paul II. The close identification of Catholicism with the Polish history kept the national character alive and ultimately denied the power of tyranny in Poland and elsewhere. I recommend this book to anyone who is skeptical of the biases of the press

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